Sleep Hack #4 – Eliminating a food that may be keeping you awake at night.
Sometimes we may have unknown food allergies or allergic-like reactions to foods that are causing us to experience sleep deprivation. Dairy, gluten, and other foods may not have been a problem in the past but as we age we may find they are the causing us to develop health issues; sleep being one of them.
Which brings up the point of age. As we age many things we once tolerated such as super spicy foods, we may no longer be able to tolerate. Or we may have to adjust the time period we allow ourselves to eat those foods before we want to fall asleep. You may still be able to eat spicy foods at lunch time but not at dinner.
The hidden CULPRIT
of sleep issues
When you’re laying in bed awake night after night it gets frustrating. You find yourself asking,
“Why can’t I get back to sleep?”
There are a few foods that cause sleep deprivation such as any food that has caffeine in it. Right off the bat we can add chocolate to the list. Which means that any food that contains chocolate should be avoided as well.
Is it caffeine, fatty foods, or is it more about eating so close to your bed time?
Whatever it is, you won’t know until you start taking a closer look at what you’re eating and drinking.
The following foods and beverages can cause problems with getting to sleep as well as staying asleep.
However, there are also many teas that contain caffeine.
Some herbal teas in the same flavor may have both caffeinated and non-caffeinated versions so be sure to check the labels before you pour your next cup of tea too close to bedtime.
Ice-cream and any other dessert or food item that contains sugar is high on the list of reasons why people are having a difficult time getting and staying asleep.
What happens when we eat sugary desserts or fried foods too close to bedtime can be more than difficulty getting to sleep. Too much sugar in the blood can cause mood swings, energy bursts and then a big energy drain.
Heavy proteins like beef or pork eaten too close to bedtime can keep us up late at night simply due to our digestive system working overtime.
When it comes to food, the list is actually quite long. So, here’s a few tips on how to go about uncovering the food or food group that may be causing your sleep issues. The following Sleep Hack, #4 will help you eliminate a food that may be giving you trouble when trying to fall asleep or stay asleep.
- Stop eating all foods that are suspected of causing sleep issues at least 6 hours before you want to fall asleep.
- Pick one food or food group to test. Testing everything at once may be overwhelming and hard to track. Try eliminating one thing like eating processed desserts such as ice-cream, pie, cookies and even popcorn and chips 6 hours before you want to fall asleep.You can start to look for recipes of 100% natural food items to snack on. How about eating a half a banana with a few chopped up almonds and berries as your dessert. There are many scrumptious things you can eat that may contain natural sugars to help calm your cravings for sweets like apples, oranges, and berries.Even though fruit contains sugar it also contains natural fiber and other nutritional benefits that balance out the sugars in your bloodstream so your body and your brain are not negatively affected by those sugars.
- Tracking your results will help you find out if a specific food or beverage is the root cause of your sleeping problems. Keep a diary and make a note of how your sleeping pattern has been affected.If you notice you have a difficult time falling to sleep after eating spicy foods you can hold off on eating spicy meals in the evenings. You may find that drinking a glass of wine helps put you to sleep fast but a few hours into your sleep you wake up and have difficulty getting back to sleep.Through a process of elimination you may discover a few items that are causing you a few sleepless or restless nights.
So, let’s recap the foods that you can test to see if they are causing you to have problems falling asleep or staying asleep.
Caffeinated foods or beverages that contain caffeine.
Foods high in fat or sugar.
And don’t forget to test the time period between when you eat a specific food item and when you want to be falling asleep. The next sleep hack, #5 narrows down one of the more common health issues that cause sleeping problems. You may be surprised to learn about one super food that is often times responsible for causing sleeping difficulties.