What and When You Eat Affects How You Sleep
Posted: July 24, 2019
Did you know that it’s not just what you eat in the last few hours before you go to bed that affects your sleep, but also what you eat throughout the day? Several studies have found that sleep issues are related to a person’s overall diet.
Eating at Night
Most studies agree that what people eat or drink at night can significantly affect the quality of their sleep. A team of researchers in Brazil found that men did not sleep as well if they had more fat in the evening and that their sleep efficiency was lower, meaning that they spent more time in bed but not sleeping than people with higher scores. Spicy food for dinner may also cause sleep troubles, and people should avoid caffeine or alcohol at night if they are not sleeping well. However, it is important to eat something at night because hunger can also keep people awake. Choosing the right food at this time is key. Some studies have indicated that bananas, turkey, berries and tart cherry juice might all contain substances that can promote sleep.
Many people don’t realize that it’s not just what they eat before bedtime but their choices throughout the day that can affect the quality of their sleep. Staying hydrated all day is important in avoiding sleep issues. Too much sugar in a person’s diet can cause their blood sugar to rise and fall throughout the day, and this can affect sleep. A big breakfast and a small dinner may be a better routine than the other way around although researchers say people only need to make changes in their habits if their sleep is disrupted. Some people may find they need to avoid caffeine much earlier in the day to ensure a good night’s sleep. In general, people should strive to make nutritious choices and eat at regular times throughout the day.
Obesity and Sleep
Research has also found that obesity and lack of exercise can lead to poor sleep. Obesity can also increase the likelihood that a person will develop sleep apnea, which also disrupts a person’s sleep. Losing weight can sometimes be enough to resolve a case of sleep apnea, but who have this diagnosis should follow the recommendations of their doctors.
Our men’s clinic may be able to identify whether a man’s sleep issues are related to sleep apnea or another condition and can start sleep apnea treatment if necessary. Give Low T Center a call and make an online appointment to start investigating the cause of your sleep issues.
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