Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you how you sleep – this precondition of “diagnosis” does not sound at all meaningless, because eating habits affect all aspects of our lives, both physically and mentally, so it is logical that diet is very much related to sleep. And not only in the way we all know, which tells us that if we eat hard and late, we will also sleep hard …
As we already know, sleep is a natural human method of relaxation, the way in which our body fills up after a whole day of emptying, and together with the mind it collects energy for a new day. In a perfect world, everyone would sleep well, soundly, carefree and relaxed, which would not only rest us, but also turn us into far more efficient people at work and at home. We would be calmer in all social contacts, and our cognitive functions would be far improved, as well as mental abilities of all kinds. They would simply be more efficient, more industrious, more relaxed and, in short, happier.
But in the modern world, we know the same thing, things don’t work that way. Stress is ubiquitous, and at the same time the main enemy of good sleep. In modern society, we try to work harder and earn more, but therein lies the source of both stress and anxiety. In the company of too many worries, few can sleep peacefully and carefree.
Lately, there has been more and more discussion about the ideal time to sleep. German scientists claim that eight hours is enough, and the French reduce the number to as much as six. For American experts, seven hours is quite enough for normal functioning. But it is not only the length of sleep that is important, but also the way we sleep, how deeply we sleep, whether we are restless, whether we wake up …
In all this, the diet also plays a big role. Food, therefore, defines not only weight and health, but also sleep, and there are several unwritten rules about the connection between food and good sleep.
What is important is to have regular meals! Studies show that people who eat moderate meals every day at the same time have less stress. Regular meals control the activity of neurons and enable balance and stability of the psyche.
Avoid dinner after seven or eight in the evening. The last meal of the day should be before this time, so that the digestive system can do its job in peace and not interfere with our sleep. Namely, if we eat too late, our bodily functions cannot slow down normally during sleep, which can give us a feeling of discomfort and even stomach cramps.
In addition, you should definitely not consume cocoa, coffee, energy drinks, green or black tea before going to bed. Sweet is recommended, but not chocolate. Sweet things can contribute to an increase in melatonin, the so-called sleep hormones in our body.
People who are on drastic diets (especially women) can also have major sleep problems, even more than those who eat too much in the evening. Drastic diets, which are followed with the goal of losing weight quickly, can cause insomnia, because the body does not get enough food for one of the basic functions – digestion. Those people who starve will not only lose weight, but also sleep. After all, such diets are not only not useful, but can be extremely negative for health – an empty stomach causes frustration and failure of normal bodily functions.
In addition, it should not be forgotten that there is food that is conducive to sleep. The same food is useful in the fight against stress, anxiety and other emotional inconveniences, as well as against insomnia, so if you have trouble sleeping, eat more lettuce, honey, onions, celery, boiled potatoes, bananas and pumpkin seeds. Valerian, lemon balm or lavender tea can also help.