How Diet Affects Your Sleep


Eating in BedIt is not for nothing that doctors encourage us not to eat anything two hours before bed. This tip is true for everybody, not only for those dieting or having weight problems. By having a meal, you activate your digestive system. And it means some job for your body to do when it’s getting ready for the night’s rest.

Stress and discomfort caused by this late hour surprise of unwanted extra calories affects the nervous system immediately. So don’t get astonished at nightmares after eating late at night. That’s your stomach trying to handle beef steak or a piece of cake!

The only food that won’t disturb your sleep is fruits and veggies.

Hearty meal, especially served with alcohol, often makes us drowsy, but later, we may wake up in the middle of the night, rolling in bed without a blink of sleep. Unfortunately, parties usually last late into the night, so the body can’t digest everything without harming our sleep. On these days, you can organize your time so that you go to bed later.

On the other hand, there are also sleep promoting foods. Honey is great to fight insomnia. Eat two tablespoonfuls of watery honey before bed and have your good night’s sleep. It might be especially helpful for seniors who have difficulties falling asleep.

Another sleep promoting food is cheese. It was revealed in the study on sleep problems involving 200 volunteers who were asked to eat 20 g of cheese half an hour before bed during a week.

Results showed 72 percent of participants said they had slept better and two thirds had been able to recollect their dreams, though they could not do that earlier. Nobody from the study suffered nightmares. Scientists pinned the effect to tryptophan found in cheese, amino acid that helps to release stresses and improve sleep.

Though if you don’t like sleepy foods idea, you may resort to proven remedies and brew soothing herbal teas, linden tea for example.

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  1. You’re right, warm milk before bed is a good idea for those who have sleeping problems. Some even add honey to warm milk to have the double effect, but it’s not recommended to do so. Although it’s tastier, adding honey to warm milk, tea or whatever destroys almost all health benefits of honey. Better eat a teaspoon of honey 15 minutes before or after drinking milk.

  2. Drinking a glass of warm milk does in fact help you sleep, but it doesn’t do a whole lot for people who are trying to lose weight. If you’re trying to lose weight, the one sure fire way to burn calories while you sleep is to eat 1-2 teaspoons of honey 15 minutes before going to bed. Your stomach and liver burn calories while trying to digest the honey. Also, drinking plenty of ice cold water, because your tomach has to work harder to warm it up, thus burning calories.

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