Foods and sleep!

Do you have trouble sleeping or getting to sleep?

Yes there are ways your diet can affect the body’s ability to switch off and properly recharge!

Many people have issues with being able to get in to bed and go to sleep, it can take me more than an hour to finally get to sleep where as my partner is out cold 30 seconds after hitting the pillow, great for her very annoying for me.

There are medical reasons for poor sleep aside from actual sleep disorders, stress can be a factor in the fast paced world we live in. Medication can also have an effect on sleep patterns along with lack of exercise and diet.

What we eat and drink can have a profound effect on our metabolism.

Most of us would except that Caffeine is a stimulant and is often used to boost mental and physical performance caffeine is present but not limited to tea, coffee and cola.

A little cheese and wine never hurt anyone though? Wrong neither are good if you struggle to get to sleep

Bacon is another offender so a late night bacon sarnie is out, sorry

Smoking is bad for you, no if’s but’s or maybe’s it is bad for your health due to the chemicals present but from a sleeping perspective like Caffeine, Nicotine is a stimulant.

But what about food?

Tyramine “never heard of it!” is the problem in food, it promotes the release of Norepinephrine “never heard of this either!” which is a brain stimulant. I am fairly sure you have never heard of either of the above but Tyramine is present in many common foods.

· Bacon

· Aged Cheese

· Ham

· Smoked fish

· Cured meats

· Homemade yeast bread

· Soy sauce

· Tap beer

· Red wine

There are many more but you get the gist of it.

So what can you eat to aid your sleep?

Well it’s all about Tryptophan “never heard of it!” it is an essential amino acid that is important to the production of Serotonin “yeah heard of that!” Why is Serotonin important? It is the precursor to Melatonin “heard of that too” Melatonin is the chemical that helps to regulate the human sleep cycle.

The following foods may aid a better night’s sleep.

· Non sugary cereal

· Milk

· Salmon

· Crab cooked

· Lamb

· Beef

· Eggs boiled or poached or maybe an omelette

· Lean poultry that’s high in protein

· Seeds and nuts for vegetarians and vegans.

These are a snapshot of some of the foods that can aid your sleep cycle in a positive way food that contains Tryptophan are most effective when eaten with Carbohydrates such as fruit and veg, pasta and whole grain breads are also a good source of Carbs.

The bottom line here is if you have problems getting to sleep or have restless nights one place to look is your diet, we are not talking about a slimming diet just eating the right foods that work for you. The benefits of a proper diet that works for you as an individual could help your sleep cycle and your overall health in general.

Let’s face it, it couldn’t hurt could it?


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