How what you eat can affect your sleep

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There is much emerging information surrounding the impact of sleep duration and quality on food choice and consumption in both children and adults. However, less attention has been paid to the effects of eating patterns and specific foods on nighttime sleep. Early studies have shown that certain dietary patterns may affect not only daytime alertness but also nighttime sleep.

Aria Latridis, M. D., a sleep medicine specialist and pulmonologist at Piedmont says ” what and when you eat can affect your sleep”.

Eating before going to bed may cause indigestion and thereby complicate your sleep.

” It’s best to avoid eating heavy meals at night”, says Dr Latridis ” If you ‘re going to have a big meal, have it in the middle of the day. You ‘re less likely to store the extra calories as fat because your body will have time to burn them off and you’ll be less likely to have heartburn “.

Most of his patient complains about heartburn. Dr. Latridis went further to explain, ” Heartburn gets worse as you lie flat because there is no gravity to keep your stomach acid down”, he continues ” In some cases, stomach acid splash up to the Larynx and cause a spasm in your airway. No one dies from this, but it is frightening “.

If you are experiencing heartburn, needless to say that it is reasonable to consult your doctor on how to combat it.

Lack of sleep no doubt affects our overall well-being because when you have issue with your ability to sleep, you wake up weak the following day not strong to face the day. Repetition of these will definitely affect your health which will in turn affect your activities.

Lack of sleep may complicate your health. In other to avoid such complication, it is necessary for you to strive to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat proteins that are rich in B vitamins, like fish, meat, egg, and dairy. Food rich in B vitamins, may help to regulate melatonin, a hormone that regulates your sleep cycles.

You may also want to consider some of these activities to improve on your sleep.

  • Stay hydrated all day long but minimize your water intake during the night.
  • Cut back on your sugar intake – although sugar boost energy levels quickly, but they crash quickly after that too. Those energy surges and dips might lead you to reach for extra caffeine or eat other foods you wouldn’t normally, all of which can affect your sleep.
  • Snack with caution before bed.
  • Avoid heavy spicy or fatty foods too close to summer.
  • Pay attention to caffeine intake most especially close to sumber.

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