There is no easy answer to why you have insomnia, sorry. Nobody can wave a magic wand and make you sleep anymore than we can fly a magic carpet. However, unlike a magic carpet, insomnia is a real condition that afflicts scores of people and because it is a well-studied phenomenon we can give you some great tips that you can use to improve your odds of getting to sleep. Let’s start with what you put into your mouth while you are awake.
Many people are surprised to learn that what they eat, and when, can impact their sleep, but it is true. What you eat impacts your metabolism, your digestion, your stress and more.
The Time To Eat
Don’t go to bed on a full stomach. When you eat you increase your metabolism which basically wakes your body up. Avoid eating within the last one to three hours before bed. Now, it is important to note two things here. First, if you have diabetes or some other disease and your doctor recommends eating before bed then do so – medical advice should always trump anything you read anywhere else. Second, most people find they certainly cannot sleep with hunger pangs growling in their stomach. So, for most people, eating a light snack one or two hours before getting horizontal is a good choice.
Choosing the Right Foods
Of course, while when you eat matters what you eat is important also. Usually, the healthier the diet you follow the healthier you will feel. It stands to reason that the healthier you are the easier it will be to get the rest you need. So, if you give your body the nutrients it needs your body will work better, which includes having energy by day and getting to sleep at night.
Skip the Drinks
A drink or two socially is just fine, most people say. But those with insomnia sometimes turn to alcohol to sleep. This is a short term solution that results in poor quality sleep. Avoid alcohol and the stimulant caffeine in the hours leading up to bed. They will not let you get a properly recuperative sleep.
Watch the Sugar
Sugar is also a stimulant. It increases blood glucose levels which affects your nervous system. Even though many people enjoy eating sugary treats before bed these treats can keep you awake. You should avoid sugar substitutes as well; sugar substitutes can impact your sleep habits but more importantly they are simply bad for you.
Choose Unprocessed Foods
Artificial foods are not dealt with by the body as effectively as natural food are. In fact, over millions of years of evolution we have come to a point where almost every fatty acid or enzyme that is natural to our food has a counterpart enzyme and bacteria within our digestive tracts that it is designed to deal with it. Unnatural foods are not dealt with as efficiently by our digestive system and should be avoided, especially in the hours leading up to bed time.