Health Tip: Food Can Affect Sleep01/24/12
(HealthDay News) -- What you eat and drink can have a big impact
on your ability to fall or stay asleep. Many foods can make you
feel drowsy, while others can cause trouble sleeping.
The National Sleep Foundation mentions these examples of foods
and beverages that can affect your sleep:
- Carbohydrate-laden foods make it easier for a sleep-inducing
amino acid called tryptophan to reach the brain. Tryptophan is
found in many protein rich-foods. So combining proteins and carbs
makes for good pre-bedtime snacks. Examples include milk and
cereal, cheese and crackers or peanut butter and toast.
- Eating a big meal also can trigger sleepiness, particularly
when it's heavy in carbohydrates.
- Caffeine in the late afternoon or before bedtime can inhibit
drowsiness, but can lead to trouble sleeping.
- Energy drinks may temporarily boost energy levels, but they
often cause a crash and ultimately can lead to drowsiness.
- Alcohol can cause disruptions in sleep and inhibit entering the
deep stages of sleep.
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