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Foods for Better Sleep

Foods for Better Sleep
An upset or heavy stomach keeps you from getting a peaceful and goodnight sleep. Here's a little guideline on foods and eating habits that will help you get a better sleep.
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  • There’s no set food menu for getting a good night’s sleep that will work for everyone. A glass of milk prior to bedtime will help some people sleep but will leave others burping all night if they have lactose intolerance.

  • A better approach is to eat a balanced diet throughout the day and eat small portions more frequently. Ninety percent of nighttime eaters diet during the day and don’t get enough calories- in the middle of night they eat anything.

  • Going to bed with a full stomach is a problem for many people who work long hours, get home late, eat a full meal and then try to go to sleep. Your body is going to function as though it were 7 o’clock because of all the food you just put into it. And it doesn’t take a three course meal to have this negative effect –an overstuffed fatty sandwich can do it. Consider a low-fat or fat-free yogurt rather than a heavy steak and eat no later than two hours before bedtime.

  • If you eat an early dinner you may feel hungry at night. Choose something that’s not going to agitate your stomach, like a few nuts if you don’t have any allergies. Don’t experiment with a new food prior to bed because you don’t know how your stomach will respond.

  • A small piece of fruit, like half a banana, can be a soothing before-bed snack if you digest it well. Grapes may have too much sugar (which can interfere with sleep) to eat in the evening but a small apple might be perfect.

  • Another option is to go with some whole grains. A small bowl of oatmeal with milk is a good choice if fiber doesn’t give you gas.

  • You don’t have to forgo coffee during the day but keep count of how many cups you’re drinking and stop caffeinated beverages at 2 p.m.

  • Wake up and go to bed at the same time each day. Remember, a good night sleep is a must to be alert, functional and at cent percent capability in the morning. Besides performing well during the day, people who sleep well have better control over their weight.

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