Ever find yourself lying awake at night, tossing and turning, unable to even remember what falling asleep even feels like, let alone actually sleep? Well if not then you should count yourself lucky because it’s not as fun as it sounds…
It is true that there are many other factors behind insomnia other than diet, however, if you can change your diet slightly you may see dramatic results in your ability to sleep. Below if have listed some classic mistakes in a diet that make sleeping a chore rather than a delight!
- A lack of Magnesium in your diet – this vital mineral is absolutely key to allowing our muscles to relax and without it, you may be fighting a losing battle against more than just sleep. Other symptoms of a magnesium deficiency are; feeling constantly low in energy, feeling a lack of strength, headaches, and persistent muscle cramps to name but a few. So try eating more of the following; Spinach, Black beans, raw broccoli, Peanuts, oysters, pumpkin seeds, squash seeds, and Halibut.
- Avoid caffeine and sugary foods at least 3/4 hours before you plan to go to sleep – this time without these stimulants before bed can make a massive difference to your ability to get to sleep. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system and nerves. It also increases your thought processes so unless you plan to be battling through the night with work and revision then leave out the pre bed time cuppa and try a camomile tea instead!
- Alcohol and cigarettes – A few drinks and a pre bed time fag and you’re out like a light? Good in theory, not so good in practice. Alcohol may help you to get to sleep but as the effects wear off during your sleep you may find yourself waking during the night. Naturally falling asleep is much more beneficial to your body! As for cigarettes, the main component of nicotine is actually a stimulant and encourages the central nervous system to become more active. So leave those ciggies downstairs… or in the bin….
These three tips combined with regular exercise should have you sleeping like a baby. If you are unsure of the best exercise for you then why not book in for a session with me?