If we want to be alert and functional throughout our day, our bodies must have a good night's sleep. Though the most known sleep issues are snoring and sleep apnea, the most widespread sleep disorder is insomnia. Sleep deprivation causes our metabolism to change. Unfortunately, when we are sleep deprived, we also tend to eat more. Fortunately, there is a link between nutrition and sleep and having a proper diet can make a huge difference in the sleep that you get.

Ways To Fight Insomnia With Your Diet

  1. Regular, Scheduled Mealtimes The way you eat during the day can play a large part in how you sleep at night. If you are a dieter who doesn't consume enough calories during the day, you may indulge at night before bed. The best sleepers eat several small meals throughout the day, getting enough calories with the right foods.
  2. Don't Go To Sleep With A Too Full Stomach This is a common issue with those who work long hours, don't eat enough during the day, and eat a heavy dinner before bed. Eating a large meal before bed can cause acid reflux and indigestion. It will also cause your body to wake up, as if you had just eaten at a normal hour. It is especially recommended not to eat a large meal within 2 hours of going to bed.
  3. Or An Empty Stomach Going to bed on an empty stomach can be just as bad as eating too much. Hunger can strike in the middle of the night, alerting your brain and not allowing you to get a full night's rest.
  4. Be Aware Of Health Conditions Certain health conditions can cause you to stay awake at night. Gastrointestinal problems, such as GERD and reflux, can cause severe discomfort and not allow for sleep. Many times if you fix the underlying health problem, you fix the insomnia.

If you are still having trouble with insomnia is may be important to speak with your physician. Insomnia can have many negative effects on your body such as depression, weight gain and cardiovascular troubles. Avoid fatty foods before bedtime and if you are still hungry before bed, a small serving of cheese and crackers will be enough to hold you over until morning.

 

 

If your bed is the reason your are no longer getting the sleep that you deserve, it is definitely time to consider upgrading. A new memory foam mattress will conform to your body, allowing tired and sore muscles to be at ease. Your pillows should also be fully supportive of your head and neck. If they aren't, it is time for an upgrade.