It is known that poor sleep hygiene can lead to overeating. But can poor diets impair your sleep? Let us take a look.
Having dinner atleast 2 hour prior to bed time is the ideal practice. This way, most of the food will be digested before sleep, leaving you to enjoy a restful night. It is better to avoid greasy and fatty foods, spicy gravies and side dishes for dinner. It means a lot of hard work for your stomach to digest and may even cause tummy ache and acidity during the night.
Drinking alcohol before bed:
It is a popular misconception that alcohol induces sleep quicker. Or you may also argue that you have only wine or take just one drink. Be that as it may, alcohol disrupts your sleep hygiene and prevents you from going into deep sleep. And it is during deep sleep that body carries out all its repair works so that you can start your day afresh the next day.
Coffee (or any caffeinated foods) at night:
Caffeine being a stimulant is the best friend of late night workers and nocturnal learners. Hence coffee is a sleep-foe. Caffeine can lead to sleep problems even after 10-12 hours of drinking it. Same is the case for caffeinated foods such as chocolate and fizz drinks. Hence try to eliminate your coffee habits post lunch. Think about cutting down gradually; as in if you drink 5 cups of coffee regularly, try to make it 3 this week.
Add disturbed sleep and associated problems to the long list of reasons to why you should quit smoking. Nicotine being a stimulant disrupts sleep. It causes trouble in breathing while sleeping. As the night progresses, the urge to take a puff (withdrawal symptom) may take over, which will make it difficult to fall and stay asleep.
Feeling hungry at bedtime:
Choose light and healthy snacks like a banana, apple, a bowl of grapes, a cheese sandwich or yoghurt. This won’t strain your digestive system and your hunger pangs too will subside.