If a good night’s sleep doesn’t come easily to you, your diet might be partly to blame.
Few things feel as good as waking up rested and energized after a good night’s sleep. But for many people, a restful night’s sleep is hard to come by, and it could be related to the food choices that are made during the day. That’s because bad eating habits—not just what you eat, but also when—can have a big impact on the quality and length of your sleep. And the problem can sometimes turn into a vicious cycle.
When you don’t sleep well at night, the foods you turn to the next day in order to keep you going could be the exact same foods that are sabotaging your good night’s rest.
Here’s what tends to happen. When you don’t get a good night’s sleep, it messes with your natural hunger hormones and you feel the urge to eat. People who don’t sleep well tend to snack more, and they often turn to sweets and caffeine to get them through the day. Problem is, caffeine can interfere with your ability to sleep at night. Although the sugary foods might boost your energy level for a little while, there’s a good chance your blood sugar will soon plummet, and you’ll just start the process all over again.
So, when it comes to a good night’s sleep, the best defense is a good nutritional offense. When you eat right during the day, there’s a good chance you’ll sleep tight at night.