(AscendHealthy.com) – Who wouldn’t want to wake up more refreshed after sleeping more soundly? For many of us, what we eat could be impacting our ability to sleep well. By making some changes to your eating habits, you could slumber longer and have more energy for the day.
Some Foods Make it Harder (or Easier) to Sleep
If you’re having trouble sleeping, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 50 million people in the US have a sleep disorder, and the same study shows that 70% of adults say they have at least one night a month where they don’t get enough sleep. There can be a lot of different culprits, but a problem many people miss is the food they’re eating.
Foods to Skip to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
To get a better night’s sleep, it’s wise to avoid cauliflower and broccoli when it gets close to bedtime. They have a lot of insoluble fiber, which takes time to digest. When our bodies are working on digesting food, we may not sleep as well. Also, skip the red meat close to bedtime, since its high protein content will have a similar effect on the body.
Foods that are acidic, like tomato sauce, may cause heartburn that might keep you up at night, and that piece of dark chocolate you’re eating as a treat in the evening might have enough caffeine in it to disturb your sleep patterns or keep you from falling asleep in the first place. Skip the coffee for the same reason, and reduce alcohol consumption to get a better night’s sleep.
What to Eat to Sleep Better Tonight
If you snack before bed, try choosing foods like almonds to help with sleep, according to the Sleep Foundation. They’re a great source of magnesium, which has been shown to help promote sleep. Or try turkey for the tryptophan in it, or chamomile tea because it contains apigenin. That’s an antioxidant that binds to receptors in the brain and helps to promote sleep.
Because many foods may promote or disrupt sleep, investigating your diet might be a good idea if you’re not getting enough rest. There might be other factors you’ll have to address as well, but a good diet and the right foods in the evening may go a long way toward helping you obtain the good night’s sleep you’re dreaming of.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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