No doubt, the food you eat affects your sleep pattern. Similarly to any diet; the food you eat can cause many health problems.

Food that Affects Your Sleep Pattern

In the first place, the food you eat on a diet is the type of food that helps promote a healthy night of sleep. For instance, if you’re drinking coffee late at night; this could be keeping you up late at night. Or, if you’re eating a lot of snacks day after day; this can cause you to have difficulty falling asleep.

For a good night sleep, you should follow a healthy diet. Visit our How to Change Unhealthy Eating Habit post for some healthier food options. For example, a diet that consists of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are healthier foods that provide a better night of sleep.

In addition, foods that contain a high amount of magnesium and potassium can help you achieve a night of peaceful sleep. Foods that contain magnesium are:

  • Spinach
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Brown rice
  • Also, fruits such as bananas, berries and melons

Foods that contain potassium are:

  • Cauliflower
  • Potatoes
  • Beans
  • Additionally, fruits such as avocado and bananas
  • Fish

Moreover, foods that are heavily processed and have high sugar can cause problems in having a restful night of sleep. For more on sugar, visit our National Sugar Awareness Week post.

Sleep Pattern

So you’re ready to create some good sleeping habits. Above all, make sure you drink a lot of water throughout the day. For a night of good sleep, it is important to follow a same-like sleep pattern each night. For instance, try to go to bed at approximately the same time each night. Of course, this doesn’t have to be to the minute. For example, try to go to sleep between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. each night.

If you’re truly having trouble falling asleep; try to read for a while. Another tip is to watch a little television or try and meditate each night. The key is to find something that helps you feel tired enough to want to go to sleep.

In fact, some nights you may not be able to go to sleep around the same time. When you have an event or party and are out late; that can cause a little bit of fatigue. If you know you’re going to be up late; try and get a power nap during the day.

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