Diet Can Affect Sleep Duration

Sleep is essential for the body to function properly and also for the emotional and mental wellbeing. Lack of quality sleep despite sleeping on some of the best mattresses can lead to many issues like mood swings, lack of focus and concentration, feeling less energetic, etc. If you are among those who see the alarm clock ticking by late in the night without getting enough sleep it is time to contemplate on what you are doing that is leaving you sleep-deprived at night. Most people have days that are packed with lots of work and responsibilities and tax their sleep without knowing they are doing things that hinder sleep later. Poor diet can be affecting your sleep.

Effect of diet on your sleep:

Though many people are aware that eating late affects sleep or that certain foods should not be consumed before bed, yet they do not follow it and that affects them. These are the effects of diet on your sleep.

Disrupts deep sleep phase:

Sleep is divided into different phases with the Non-rapid Eye Movement stage being the restorative phase of sleep. If you snack just before bedtime then instead of being in NREM sleep you will be in a lighter sleep which is the REM and affecting the quality of rest making you awake in the night.

Increases blood pressure:

A high blood pressure can lead to many cardiovascular diseases. As per studies conducted, the time you eat has an impact on the health. Those having a late dinner have higher levels of blood pressure. Foods that is high in fats, spices or sodium affects sleep as the body takes longer to enter the restorative phase of sleep affecting the quality.

Disrupts the digestive system:

Sleep is essential as it aids in restoring the body. The digestive system is worked to its maximum capacity during the day so it needs to rest and restore at night. Instead of ending the day with a light meal, if you eat heavy food before bed the digestive system which is already overworked loses its efficiency further and leads to indigestion Moreover if you sleep on a full stomach the digestive juices move back to the esophagus and cause acid reflux. Other issues like constipation, gas and bloating also arise and disrupt sleep.

Wake up hungrier:

Contrary to the belief that sleeping on a full stomach will make you less hungry the next morning, you feel hungrier. The reason being the blood sugar levels are high at night and more insulin is released which leads to a sugar crash and can wake you up in the night. This abnormal rise and fall of blood sugar levels stimulate the brain to make you feel hungry when you wake up. But if you have a balanced meal during the day, the body produces hormones that will help to go without eating and also feel full for a longer time.

What to eat and what not to eat?

As per research, more fiber should be consumed so that you get quality sleep. Saturated fat and sugar are detrimental to sleep as it can lead to waking up in the night. So it is essential to maintain a diet that is rich in fiber, low in saturated fats and sugar. That can enable you to get sleep and also have a healthy diet.

Despite eating right, exercising and following a healthy lifestyle if you are still not getting quality sleep then Wakefit recommends you to do a quality check on your mattress. You may not invest in the best mattress to buy if it has lost its support, has sagged or got damaged it’s time to purchase a new one.

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