Get a Better Sleep by Eating Healthy Food

June 17, 2009

Diets & Nutrition

How many times have you woke up in the morning feeling tired? After a whole night of sleep you still feel tired. Sometimes even with a headache. Sleep disorders plague many of us. If you want to enjoy restful night sleep you have to do some changes to your lifestyle.

Sleep disorders don’t include just morning sleepiness, feeling a lack of energy during the day. If you cannot sleep, laying in your bed watching the ceiling, insomnia, waking up repeatedly during the night are all sleep disorders.

What you eat influences your sleep. Food plays a central role in determining the quality of your life. Healthy foods and healthy eating habits keep diseases away from you and they also help you get a better sleep. A good sleep will recharge your batteries.

Supper should be 3 hours before going to sleep. If you cannot manage 3 hours make it at least 2 hours. If you eat ant then you go to sleep don’t expect to fall asleep fast and enjoy a good restful sleep. Your body is busy digesting the food. Being busy it cannot stop and rest and repair itself.


Besides the fact that there should pass 2-3 hours between eating and going to sleep you should also eat low protein foods. Avoid eating for supper heavy foods, full of fats, sweets. Generally you should avoid all foods that are hard to digest and are full of calories. You should especially avoid eating proteins before going to sleep. Proteins are the primary energy source of your body and they stimulate brain activity. So proteins don’t have the calming effect we need before going to sleep. You get proteins from red meat and they contain tyrosine, and amino acid that stimulates the brain.

Eat foods that contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps produce serotonin. Your brain calms down and the sleep you get is a more natural one. You will enjoy a much better night sleep. You can get tryptophan from milk, fish, turkey meat, cottage cheese, bananas… It seems that the classic glass of milk could work. Instead of eating pork, beef or chicken meat choose to eat some grilled turkey with a raw salad. You can also eat a bowl of cereals with milk or yogurt.

Don’t drink lots of beverages and liquids before going to sleep. If you have to wake up and go to the toilet frequently won’t help your body rest and you will feel tired in the morning. Also avoid drinking beverages containing caffeine: coffee, sodas, teas. Chocolate also contains caffeine.

By eating healthy food you will enjoy a better night sleep. Just do some minor lifestyle changes and you will be sleeping like a rock in no time feeling more energized in the morning.

Read: The lack of sleep makes you gain weight and sick and More Tricks for a Good Night Sleep.

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