Think about this ... It's 2 a.m. and you must be up in a few hours to start your day and you're staring at the glaring numbers on your alarm clock because of another frustrated night of interrupted sleep. Then you start to think hmm ... what's wrong with me and why can't I sleep? Or how about this, have you ever considered it may be due to having an improper diet that may be giving you trouble to sleep at night? At Gucciardo Specific Chiropractic and Natural Health Center we can help you improve and get better sleep through the use of proper Nutrition.
See how foods affect sleep?
Some foods you eat on a daily basis may disrupt your sleep which is one of the most important things you need to function optimally in life. Without sleep we can break down both mentally and physically. Lack of sleep may also lead you to feel moody, sluggish, and experience slow thinking. The lifestyle choices you make each day can play a role in the quality of sleep you get. It's important to know that we should not snooze on our diet since we all know it provides our bodies with fuel for the day and can affect how we power down at night. Here are a few foods that may disrupt your sleep:SugarsCaffeineAlcoholPeppersSpicesDairyIn addition, if you're missing out on key nutrients, it can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies and come with other unwanted symptoms including:Heart burnDigestive issuesDiabetesCardiovascular healthRespiratory problemsThyroid issuesChronic pain and fatigueWeak immune systemAnxietyStressDepressed
What can you eat for better Sleep?
Having a proper diet and sleep can help improve memory, repair damage done during the day, and reduce stress. So, what are some foods you can eat to help improve the quality of your sleep? Walnuts: are a good source of tryptophan, a sleep enhancing amino acids that help make serotonin and melatonin hormone help better regulate your sleep-wake cycles.Almonds: are rich in magnesium, a mineral needed for good quality sleep and building healthy bones. If your magnesium levels are low, it can make falling asleep harder.Salads:Having a salad for dinner can help speed up your bedtime because lettuce contains lactucarium, which has natural sedative properties.Fish:Fish such as tuna, halibut, and salmon are high in vitamin B6 and vitamin D, which your body needs to make melatonin and serotonin. Other foods high in B6 include, raw garlic and pistachio nuts.Cherries: particularly tart cherries, naturally boost levels of melatonin.Chamomile Tea: Brewing up a batch of stress reducing chamomile tea can you sleep, and it is associated with an increase of glycine, a chemical that relaxes nerves and muscles naturally.Kale:Green leafy vegetables such as kale are loaded with calcium which helps the brain use tryptophan to make melatonin. Spinach and mustard greens are also a great choice.
Let's wrap this Up!
The question now is ... is your diet affecting your sleep? Are you looking for a safe and natural alternative without the use of drugs? Well there is a solution and that is proper Nutrition.
There can be many different causes of sleep trouble so why not schedule a Nutrition Evaluation today to see why you have sleep issues and we can take a look at your diet and how it may be affecting your snoozing time.