How Food Affects Your Sleep
It can be said without exaggeration that what we eat determines just about everything – how healthy we are, how well we can fight infections and diseases, and even the quality of our sleep. Two main ways in which the food you eat affects your sleep are:
1. Right Foods Induce Sleep
The right kinds of food can, in fact, induce sleep. They work in a number of ways – from regulating your body’s biological processes to helping in the synthesis of compounds that affect the quality of sleep.
2. Wrong Foods Inhibit Sleep
They either prevent the body from relaxing and make it difficult to fall asleep, or they stimulate the body, keeping you awake even if you are tired and want to fall asleep!
The quantity of food also matters. Eating a larger meal before going to bed can be a bad idea, according to Dr. Manasi Bapat, because “A large meal can aggravate gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) – this may cause heartburn, nausea, and can rob you of a good night’s sleep.” it is hence best to NOT eat till you are full. Stopping just short of this is a good practice.
20 Foods to Eat at Night
Did you know that about 70 million people worldwide suffer from insomnia? In fact, a lot of doctors are now advising that we look at our daily routines and habits to establish good sleep hygiene (best practices to follow in order to optimise quality and quantity of sleep). One way to do this is through food. So, let’s take a look at some of the best foods to eat before bed.