Eating Right Can Help You to Sleep BetterAuthor: Lambert Klein
Most of us are used to hearing that we need to eat right in order to be healthy but we may not be aware that if we are having a difficulty in sleeping, eating right can also help us with that as well. Let's take a look at some different ways that we can eat in order to help us to sleep better naturally. You might be surprised to find that by eating the right things and avoiding the wrong things, you may be able to get the best night of sleep ever.
First of all, let's talk about some things that you should avoid. The first thing that is a definite no-no if you are going to be able to sleep tonight is caffeine. I know that a lot of people that I've talked to said they caffeine doesn't affect them at all and that they can get right to sleep, soon after drinking a full cup of coffee. Although you may be adjusted to it to some degree or another, you might be surprised to find out that caffeine doesn't affect you immediately. As a matter of fact, it may affect you many hours later and this may be one of the reasons why you're waking up in the middle of the night. Avoid any type of caffeine including coffee, certain types of tea, chocolate and a variety of other foods that contain this chemical.
Another thing that you should make sure you're avoiding before bedtime is alcohol. I know, you're probably thinking that you need alcohol in order to knock yourself out at night sometimes. Although it may seem like you are sleeping better whenever you drink, the simple fact of the matter is that you are getting less quality sleep whenever you are drinking. I'm not saying that a glass of wine before bedtime is going to hurt you but if you are drinking several stiff drinks in order to go to sleep, you may be hurting your ability to sleep.
You should also be careful of what you eat during the day. A balanced diet that is spread out over five or six small meals during the day is going to help to keep you healthy and keep your body running steadily throughout the day. This can do amazing things whenever it comes time to hit the hay and you would be surprised with how having a boost in metabolism will actually help you to sleep at night. It would also help if you got a little bit of exercise and staying trim is a great way to get extra sleep because extra weight is a cause of many sleep problems.
Finally, try eating a high carbohydrate snack shortly before bedtime because this will release serotonin into your system. Serotonin is a natural sleep chemical that is produced by our body and if we are able to trigger this chemical through the things that we eat, we may be able to get a great night sleep as a result.