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:
- 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.
- Do not eat large or heavy meals 3 hours prior to bedtime.
- Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages prior to bedtime. Deeper sleep cycles are affected by caffeine and alcohol.
- 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.