How Does Your Diet Affect Your Sleep?

The following article is probably going to be more a nutritional class then a sleeping class but the two are very important and almost go hand in hand. First lets talk about the standard normal diet and why it is terrible for our sleep and ultimately our health and well being.

What you eat plays a major role on how your body functions on all accounts.

What Should You Be Eating?

A lot of people probably ask themselves what should they be eating, in fact if you asked someone else this question you would probably get a lot of different answers. I’m not claiming to be an expert, all I’m going to tell you is information that has been proven and has given me and others positive results as well.

If you eat a bad diet then chances are your sleep and energy levels will be out of whack. Your energy levels are very important and if what you eat is messing that up then your sleep will suffer as well. Let’s go over what the standard diet of a person usually consists of.

  • Coffee, tea, or pop or other caffeinated beverages.
  • Processed foods that are easy and quick to make, frozen dinner, instant potatoes ect..
  • Lack of natural fruits and vegetables
  • Little or next to no amounts of pure water
  • High amounts of protein and animal products.

Lets go over some of these food sources in more detail.

Coffee, Tea, and Caffeinated Products

The first problem I always see people run into is they complain about not being able to sleep, or not getting a good nights rest, yet they drink coffee all day. 3 or of 5 people drink at least one cup of coffee a day, the stuff is terrible for you and the caffeine puts a lot of stress on your body.

It is generally believed that tea is better for, and it is, however you should only be drinking herbal tea. Herbal tea is caffeine free and will not effect your energy or sleep in any way shape or form. It is a good idea to drink tea as long as it is herbal. Avoid teas that are not herbal.

I probably shouldn’t even need to mention why soda pop is bad for you. They are highly addictive and contain very high amounts of sugar and caffeine. If you drink soda pop at all please stop or put in an effect to only drink it occasionally.

Caffeine is a stimulant and when your body digests it, it makes you feel more awake and alert. Depending on your tolerance, size, and body type it can stay active in your body for up to 24 hours. It’s no wonder that people who drink this stuff never sleep. You will also notice a crash as well after the caffeine wears down.

Your best bet is to stop drinking pop completely.

Limit caffeine down to at the most 1 cup of coffee in the morning or early afternoon and this should help your sleep. It would be best to completely cut off coffee if you really want to feel like you have a lot of energy.

Natural Whole Foods

It has been scientifically proven on many accounts that a diet that consists of natural whole foods seems to be ideal for our bodies to operate on. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts are all found in nature and are easily digestible. They also have many healthy side effects with no bad effects.

When you eat a more natural plant based diet then you will notice that your body is operating at full capacity, everything feels better and is easier to do. You will most likely have more energy and be less sleep which is very important! This will encourage your body to produce the right hormones, and since you will be more active the need to sleep at night will be greater. Your quality of sleep will also improve as well.

This whole section on natural foods could easily be its own article but right now I just wanted to talk about it briefly. Your diet should primarily consist of natural foods with little or no amounts of caffeine.

The part of the store most people have no idea existed.

For examples of what you should be eating check out this page:

http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php

Limit the amount of processed and animal products you include in your diet as they zap you of your energy and make you feel sleepy when you are not supposed to which messes up your circadian rhythm.

Water

Being hydrated is important for all areas of life including sleep as well. If you feel sleepy during the day it is probably because you are dehydrated. Caffeine, sugar, and other drugs all dehydrate your body causes you to drink more water.

You should be drinking on average around 2 liters of water a day. If you are fairly active you might even want to drink more then that.

Hopefully this article gave you a little bit more insight on how your diet plays a major role on your sleep. Expect more specific posts in the future about this topic to further address it as I think it is very important to eat a healthy diet and live a healthy lifestyle, it just makes everything better for you.

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