Not many people are aware of the fact that the food they eat throughout the day can make a huge difference in their sleeping patterns. While some people do everything in proper measurements and keep a check on the amount and quality of food that they are eating, there are others who just jump onto everything in front of them and later face its negative effects when they go to bed at night.
In this post, we are going to discuss a few food habits that can lead you towards trouble in falling asleep at night.
How eating habits affect your sleep?
- Bad Eating Habits – Eating between 7pm and 5am:
Studies have shown that our digestive system, rather our entire body goes into a state of rest starting from 7pm to 5am. If we eat during this time, our digestive system will find it difficult to process the food and ultimately leads to various digestive problems.
Even consuming a large meal right before going to bed can cause you a lot of trouble. Remember that our internal organs also need rest and it is during the night that these organs get some time to repair and replenish. A large meal before going to bed means that you are not giving your body enough rest and hence it is obvious for you to face sleeping issues.
- Bad Eating Habits – Intake of alcohol and caffeine:
In order to ensure a good night’s sleep, it is advised to stop the intake of tea, coffee, alcohol and all kinds of aerated drinks at least 5-6 hours before going to sleep. Especially caffeine is known to kill the desire to sleep and people often have the misconception that they suffer from insomnia. All you need to do is take care of these tiny details and you are guaranteed to sleep like a baby.
Some drugs also contain caffeine, so avoid to take them in night.
Alcohol is usually known to make you fall asleep faster. But a little known fact is that alcohol despite of making you fall asleep faster, kills the peacefulness and the person spends a restless night. Not to forget the hangover and other side- effects that make the mornings even worse.
- Bad Eating Habits – Eating processed meat and cheese:
Processed food products such as cheese and meat are very difficult to resist. They contain a generous amount of preservatives and flavoring agents which no doubt increases their longevity and makes them tasty, but also affects sleep to a very large extent.
Processed food is heavier and has negative effects on sleeping patterns. It causes laziness and the person will not recognize his urge to sleep even if his body indicates him to do so.
- Bad Eating Habits – Spicy food:
Probably one of the most common mistakes that people make before going to bed is to consume spicy food. Spices result in indigestion and make it impossible for the individual to get sleep. Such people take longer time to fall asleep and it is often associated with the change in body temperature caused by spices.
- Bad Eating Habits – Cut the fluids before gong bed:
Yeah it is good to be hydrated all the day and night but try to cut the fluids from at least 1 hour before going to bed, otherwise it would surly interrupt in your sleep and you would have to go to washroom again and again.
Eat dinner at least 3-4 hours before going to bed and you will see positive changes in your sleeping pattern. If you really feel that you are suffering from insomnia that a little food in your stomach can help to sleep you in night. But never eat a lot or any heavy food before going bed. A little amount of food keeps your blood sugar stable and prevents it from doing down, so that you can sleep properly.