Quality of sleep can be affected by what we consume

Quality of sleep can be affected by what we consume Looking at your diet may provide some insights into your sleep patterns. What you eat and drink plays a role in both falling and staying asleep.

If you suffer from heartburn or indigestion it is best to have an early evening meal. Avoid spicy foods and drinking too much liquid with your main meal as drinking water with your meals dilutes your stomach acid – meaning you are more likely to suffer with indigestion.

Consider reducing your consumption of stimulants eg. caffeine. Caffeine increases the activity of your nervous system. It is best to avoid caffeinated beverages at least 8 hours before your desired bedtime. Your body can’t store caffeine, but it does take many hours for it to eliminate the stimulant and its effects.

No one wants to believe it but alcohol can significantly affect sleep quality. Although it may initially make you feel sleepy, alcohol prevents REM (deep) sleep and often causes you to awaken early or in the middle of the night.

Aim for foods and drinks that nourish and assist your body to sleep as the quality of your sleep is as vital to optimal health as good nutrition.
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