The food that we take makes a significant difference to the quality of sleep that we get. Certain food and drinks prevent us from sleeping properly and can exacerbate the effects of sleep apnea. Here are the food and drinks to avoid if you want to keep sleep apnea and other sleep disorders at bay.
Alcohol is a stimulant and thus, despite the fact that you are likely to feel drowsy when you are tipsy, you are certainly getting a poor night’s sleep when taking alcohol. This is because alcohol interferes with sleep cycles, which in turn causes the body to not get the therapeutic effects that sleep brings with it. If you have to take alcohol before bedtime, ensure that you leave sufficient time between taking the alcohol and going to bed. This ensures that any alcohol that you take is properly processed before your bedtime. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after taking alcohol. You should also make sure that you have eaten sufficient food before taking alcohol as this slows down the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into your body.
Although considered comfort food, chocolate is actually one of the worst foods that you can take when you want to get a good night’s sleep. Chocolate is full of caffeine and this is bound to affect how much sleep you get. For a good night’s sleep, ensure that you take chocolate long before you head to sleep.
This is also a food commodity that is often considered comfort food but actually harms your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. Like most dairy products, cheese contains an amino acid known as Tyramine which acts on our hormones to increase our alertness by increasing the secretion of adrenaline. While this might be a good thing in the morning, it certainly acts against us when we are planning to sleep.
One of the things that many Americans do not realize is the association between spicy food and our ability to get a good night’s sleep. Capsaicin, which is the element that makes food spicy elevates our body temperature thus interfering with our energy levels and our ability to get a restful sleep session. Our bodies also require more energy to process spicy foods which in turn ensures that we cannot relax sufficiently enough to sleep properly.
Most people love to take ice cream or other sugary food before they sleep. The problem with this is that sugary food causes our blood sugar to spike, then crash, a process that can have a detrimental effect on our sleep cycle.
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