What You Eat Affects Your Sleep

As a college student, I understand how difficult it can be to get a good night of sleep amongst all of the weekly tests and deadlines.

Did you know that what you eat before bed has an affect on the way you sleep? According to Ashley Patton in Women’s Health, there are certain foods you should steer clear of before catching your zzz’s. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Caffeine. This compound isn’t only found in coffee and soda. It can also be found in several OTC medications and teas. Be sure to check your labels carefully before consuming a product before bed!

Alcohol. You might as well throw the idea that wine will help you with falling asleep out of the window. Alcohol depresses your REM sleep cycle, leaving you to feel groggy tired when you wake up.

Fluids. Although water is healthy for cleansing your body and maintaining a healthy weight, drinking it 60 to 90 minutes before bed can cause those unwanted bathroom breaks in the middle of the night. This will also disrupt your REM sleep cycle.

Aged and fermented foods. Foods such as aged cheese, smoked fish and cured meats contain the amino acid, tyramine, which stimulates the brain, leading to a sleepless night.

Tomato-based products. Tomatoes contain acid. Anything with acid can cause heartburn. Avoid these products 3 hours before getting your shut-eye.

I hope this helps you and I to have a better night of sleep!

You can read the Women’s Health Article here: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/things-that-keep-you-up?adbid=528671622345928705&adbpl=tw&adbpr=25087685&cid=socFO_20141101_34826787

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