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    Foods That Help or Harm Your Sleep

    Post by Meesh on Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:38 am

    Foods That Help or Harm Your Sleep



    What You Eat Affects How You Sleep



    If you could pick the right foods to help you get the best sleep possible, wouldn’t you? And if you knew which foods would hinder your restful slumber, wouldn’t you avoid them? Now’s your chance to learn which foods to eat, and which to steer clear of for a good night’s sleep.





    Reach for Tryptophan-Rich Foods



    We’ve all heard of warm milk’s magical ability to send us off to dreamland. Do you know why it’s true? Dairy foods contain tryptophan, which is a sleep-promoting substance. Other tryptophan-containing foods include poultry, bananas, oats, and honey.






    Indulge Your Craving for Carbs



    Carbohydrate-rich foods complement dairy foods by increasing the level of sleep-inducing tryptophan in the blood. So a few perfect late night snacks to get you snoozing might include a bowl of cereal and milk, yogurt and crackers, or bread and cheese.






    Have a Snack Before Bedtime



    If you struggle with insomnia, a little food in your stomach may help you sleep. But don’t use this as an open invitation to pig out. Keep the snack small. A heavy meal will tax your digestive system, making you uncomfortable and unable to get soothing ZZZs.








    Put Down the Burger and Fries!



    As if you needed another reason to avoid high-fat foods, research shows that people who often eat high-fat foods not only gain weight, they also experience a disruption of their sleep cycles.








    Beware of Hidden Caffeine



    It’s no surprise that an evening cup of coffee might disrupt your sleep. Even moderate caffeine can cause sleep disturbances. But don’t forget about less obvious caffeine sources, like chocolate, cola, tea and decaffeinated coffee. For better sleep, cut all caffeine from your diet after noon each day.








    Medications May Contain Caffeine



    Some over-the-counter and prescription drugs contain caffeine, too, such as pain relievers, weight loss pills, diuretics, and cold medicines. These and other medications may have as much or even more caffeine than a cup of coffee. Check the label of nonprescription drugs or the prescription drug information sheet to see if your medicine interferes with sleep or can cause insomnia.






    Skip the Nightcap



    Here’s the catch-22 with alcohol: It may help you fall asleep faster, but you may experience frequent awakenings, less restful sleep, headaches, night sweats and nightmares. If you’re consuming alcohol in the evening, balance each drink with a glass a water to dilute the alcohol’s effects.






    Beware of Heavy, Spicy Foods



    Lying down with a full belly can make you uncomfortable, since the digestive system slows down when you sleep. And spicy cuisine can lead to heartburn. Make sure to finish a heavy meal at least four hours before bedtime.






    Keep Protein to a Minimum at Bedtime



    Sorry Atkins. Protein, an essential part of our daytime fare, is a poor choice for a bedtime snack. Protein-rich foods are harder to digest. So skip the high-protein snack before bedtime and opt for a glass of warm milk or some sleep-friendly carbs, like crackers.






    Cut the Fluids by 8 P.M.



    Yes, staying hydrated throughout the day is great for your body, but curtail your fluid intake before bed. You’re sure to have interrupted sleep if you’re constantly getting up to go to the bathroom.






    Don’t Be Fooled by a Relaxing Smoke



    Nicotine is a stimulant, with effects similar to caffeine. Avoid smoking before bedtime or if you wake up in the middle of the night.
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    Re: Foods That Help or Harm Your Sleep

    Post by Teacrazer on Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:06 pm

    Know what to not eat before I rejoin dreamland. Well bye bye IN-N-OUT >.<!!! The warm milk trick is amazing!! I think when i drink warm milk before bed it makes me want to even sleep more <3
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    Re: Foods That Help or Harm Your Sleep

    Post by Vicky on Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:18 pm

    damn i love this foods dont plain stop eatting them who need sleep not me
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    Re: Foods That Help or Harm Your Sleep

    Post by Teacrazer on Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:21 pm

    Well maybe just eat the junk at around middle afternoon so it won't go to our nighttime sleep cycle.
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    Re: Foods That Help or Harm Your Sleep

    Post by Meesh on Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:36 pm

    Eat like a King for breakfast, a Prince for lunch and a Pauper for dinner! Keepin it light at the end of the day ensures some well rested sleep.


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