How Diet Affects Sleep

Past research has shown that certain types of foods such as tryptophan help with amino acid production, which can help you sleep. Therefore, if you consume tryptophan-rich sunflower seeds regularly, you might sleep better than if you did not. However, the latest studies regarding how diet affects sleep have deepened people’s understanding of how foods might influence sleep patterns even further.

Results indicate that eating a varied diet might help you gain shuteye. In addition, consuming orange and red vegetables and fruit could be beneficial. Studies also reveal that not eating enough during the day could lead to sleepless nights, and it is already known that people with insomnia tend to eat during the night and put on weight.

A good way to aid sleep might be to eat various foods that help you obtain all of the nutrients you require. Additionally, including a balanced amount of foods that contain lycopene, present in red, yellow and orange fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers, could be useful. Not going to bed with an empty stomach might also help you sleep and stop you from needlessly gaining weight.

In one study, people who did not sleep well were found to drink less water than those who experienced healthy sleep. Therefore, it may be the case that staying hydrated is an important aspect relating to how soundly you sleep. It is known that drinking water can help you store nutrients that aid good health, and this might be related to potential sleep-related benefits. Consuming eight glasses of water a day is advised. However, it is necessary to consider your behavior. For example, if you engage in strenuous exercise, you will need to drink more water than people who are less active. At the same time, drinking too much water close to bedtime might mean that you wake frequently in order to urinate. If this sounds like you, drinking the water you need earlier in the evening is a sensible choice.

The best diet for you personally might also be related to whether you experience any conditions that keep you awake at night. For example, if you encounter bouts of restless legs syndrome, your system might be lacking iron. In addition, if you feel anxious and stress keeps you from sleeping, taking a vitamin B6 supplement might be helpful. Nonetheless, as with all good things, you can have too much. Therefore, it is best to ask your doctor whether it is likely that you are short of B6 or not.

Eating a healthy balanced diet, and drinking enough water to suit your lifestyle, is the best way to ensure that you are consuming all of the nutrients you need. At the same time, if you experience a health condition that keeps you awake when you want to sleep, discovering whether you can cure the problem via your diet might be beneficial.

References:
http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/are-there-benefits-to-drinking-water-before-bedtime.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/07/health/time-diet-sleep/index.html

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