Tip of the day…

Which foods help or harm your sleeping.

Milk doesn’t just help babies fall asleep. It can help all of us hit the sheets. Dairy and other foods contain tryptophan. Typtophan can be sleep inducing. You’ve probably experienced this last year when you took a nap after your Thanksgiving feast! That’s because poultry (turkey), honey, oats, and honey are all tryptophan-rich foods.

Research has shown that high-fat diets don’t just make us gain weight they also disrupt our sleep cycles. It’s a no-brainer that caffeine keeps us from falling asleep but be aware the it is found in sources other than the usual suspects; coffee and soda. Caffeine is also found in chocolate, tea and even decaffeinated tea. It is recommended to avoid caffeine anytime after noon. 

According to Webmd.com medications may contain caffeine. Some over-the-counter and prescription drugs contain caffeine, too, such as pain relievers, weight loss pills, diuretics, and cold medicines. These and other medications may have as much or even more caffeine than a cup of coffee. Check the label of nonprescription drugs or the prescription drug information sheet to see if your medicine interferes with sleep or can cause insomnia.

Alcohol can fit into both groups; helpful and harmful to sleep. It may help you fall asleep faster, but you may experience frequent awakenings, less restful sleep, headaches, night sweats and nightmares. If you’re consuming alcohol in the evening, balance each drink with a glass a water to dilute the alcohol’s effects.

Webmd.com also recommends avoiding spicy food, cigarettes, and high amounts of protein near bedtime.

Sleep well,

Josh

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