Difficulty with every aspect of sleep is a common concern among patients.

Since sleep quality is a multifaceted subject, I am going to address one aspect of it – nutrition. The foods and beverages you consume prior to closing your eyes in the evening impact your ability to sleep well.

Below are four nutrition recommendations to encourage better sleep:

  1. In the evening, consume foods that contain tryptophan, which promotes sleep. Tryptophan containing foods: elk, halibut, turkey, tuna, cod, asparagus, chia seeds, reduced fat milk, avocado, strawberries and grapefruit.
  2. Do not eat large or heavy meals 3 hours prior to bedtime.
  3. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages prior to bedtime. Deeper sleep cycles are affected by caffeine and alcohol.
  4. Avoid bacon, cheese, chocolate, spicy foods, eggplant, ham, sugar, sausage, spinach and tomatoes, as these foods cause stimulation of the brain.

May you sleep well tonight.