There are a number of reasons why we all should get a good night’s sleep every night, and there are even more reasons explaining how we may inadvertently be depriving ourselves of our forty winks. You could be exercising right before bed, watching television before being tucked in, or powering through an awkward sleeping pattern, and find yourself lacking in the snooze department.
If you’ve tried all of the remedies we’ve suggested in the earlier posts of this series, and still find yourself getting nowhere, it may be time to take a look at the food and drink that you’re consuming throughout the day. Here are some of the top culinary problems that could make visiting the land of nod more difficult!
You may have a ritual of drinking a certain amount of coffee at your desk throughout the day, but it could be causing you sleep problems up to ten to twelve hours after drinking it! Slowly cutting back your intake, switching to decaf, or avoiding your cup of joe after lunchtime will enhance your sleep when it gets to bedtime.
Don’t try and substitute coffee for energy drinks or tea either, as they are just as caffeine-heavy (if not even more so)!
Drinks in General
We all know that guzzling water throughout the day is great for our general health and wellbeing, but putting off your eight glasses until the evening could be affecting your sleep. Drinking too much of your favourite soft drink before bed can result in frequent bathroom trips throughout the night, which leads to an interrupted snooze.
As for alcohol, even though you may find it helps you to get to sleep quicker, it can affect the quality of the slumber that you have. In order to avoid an interrupted night, don’t be tempted by a nightcap in the hours leading up to your bedtime.
When You Should Eat
If you’re used to having your big evening meal just before bed, your body’s digestion could be keeping you awake. This is especially true if you’re eating fatty and rich foods, or spicy meals that can cause heartburn.
To prevent your evening meal from causing you to miss out on that well-needed visit to the land of nod, try eating earlier or lighter. Some people find that eating a small amount before bedtime can actually help them sleep, so try something that combines certain proteins with carbohydrates. An example of a good bedtime snack is a banana or a small bowl of low-sugar cereal.
As well as watching what you eat and drink throughout the day, it’s also important to ensure that your body is the optimum temperature for some rest. Our rechargeable hot water bottle heats up to 65° and lasts for up to six hours to help you fall asleep and stay asleep!