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Get better sleep! Get more success!

1st September 2019
Luke Adams

Sleep, sleep, sleep… We all love it, but not all of us are getting enough. The body and mind need to recover well enough to continue to function at the optimum level but many of us are so busy with our life including work, we therefore are not getting enough sleep.  It’s not the amount of sleep that’s important, its the quality.  People who have longer yet interrupted sleep have significantly reduced positive moods during the next day than people in the short-but-uninterrupted sleep modes.

Interrupted sleep gives you lower energy levels, and reduced ratings of positive feelings like sympathy and friendliness.   This lack of quality sleep can then create a cycle of not being able to get to sleep at all. This is because the exhaustion and your hectic schedule can keep you from getting better sleep on a daily basis.

If you are one of those who are having trouble sleeping, it is now time to reflect what might be causing these and address it properly.

One of the things that hinder people from getting better sleep is the set of foods that they eat. This is because these foods might contain ingredients and other properties that can affect a person’s chemical balance. To help understand whether the food you are eating is impacting your sleep patterns, try assessing your food intake for one day.

What you can do is list down all the foods, including the drinks that you have taken in for one day and make an assessment after that day. This way, you can track down which are the foods and drinks you have taken affect your sleeping habits, especially at night. The following are just some of the list of foods that might lead one to troublesome and uncomfortable sleeping at nighttime:

1. Too much food intake. This is considered as the major culprit why many people, especially those who don’t have sleeping problems before, are having a hard time sleeping all of a sudden. Experts say that if a person has overeaten, the tendency is that the stomach will have a hard time digesting it. Too much food may also affect how the digestive system works and may even cause clinical conditions such as ulcers if done regularly.

2. Foods that contain too much fat. Experts say that people are eating foods that have too much fat are prone to not sleeping well at night because it creates a lot of digesting work for the stomach. If one wants to get better sleep, he or she should cut down on foods that are too rich or fatty so there will be lesser work for the stomach especially at nighttime.

3. Too much spicy or acidic foods. These sets of foods can very much affect one’s sleeping habits, especially at nighttime. If one eats too many sets of spicy foods predominantly late at night, it can lead to troubles in the stomach and even heartburn which makes it harder for you to lie down and get better sleep at night.

4. Too much alcohol intake. Some people say that alcohol may help one to get better sleep but on the contrary, it doesn’t especially if he or she has taken too much of it.

5. Foods that contain caffeine. These are another set of culprits for people who are having trouble sleeping. If you are prone to not sleeping, it is best to avoid foods as well as drinks that have high caffeine content such as coffee, chocolates, sodas that are caffeinated as well as teas.

The food you eat affects not only your daily performance but also your sleeping habits. To get better sleep, it is best to not consume aforementioned for a while. Or if you really cannot do without these, try minimising your consumption even for a couple of days. Once you get your sleeping pattern back, you may go back to consuming these but only to limited content so you would not go back to having sleeping problems again.

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