We’ve often heard the expression “you are what you eat,” yet how often do we consume high calorie rich foods before we call it quits for the evening? Eating foods high in fat, sugar, or salt can impact the digestive capabilities during your sleep. Bedtime is supposed to be a time to wind down and relax, a time when we can leave all of our worries for another day.
If your body is having to digest heavy rich-laden foods, your sleep will be interrupted. You might toss and turn due to abdominal discomfort. You might have to get up a few times to use the bathroom. You might even have to succumb to ingesting a diuretic just to get the bowels moving, and in an effort to ease your belly pain. There are numerous ramifications if you indulge in rich foods before your slumber.
What Are My Options?
If you have gotten into the habit of eating your meals late, and your work or life schedule doesn’t coincide with dining earlier than around sleep time, try to limit your consumption of foods to a lighter fare. Eat sparingly and everything in moderation. Avoid the trappings of large fatty quantities of food and alcohol as the amount and the sugar intake will weigh on your gut all night. Because Dr. Mensah is a sleep expert, he wants to ensure your best good night’s sleep is on the horizon. Here are a few tips he recommends that can ward of the cravings for late-night rich meals:
-Have a glass of warm milk to settle and calm your system.
-Engage in restful activities prior to bedtime. Things such as reading, writing, stretching, and listening to soft music.
-Portion control and lighter foods hours before it’s time to nod off will make certain you’ve had plenty of time to digest.
-Develop evening rituals that distract your mind from needing more food.
-Pay attention to your intuition. If you’re not hungry then don’t eat. And definitely avoid reaching for sugary or ultra fatty snacks.
Dr. Mensah at Integrative Family Dentistry understands your concerns and wants to help. Under his care, he’ll ensure your sleep issues aren’t a concern, and he’ll guide you through the process of treatment should you need it. Give his office in Mebane, NC a call. Get back on track with your habits and how they affect your sleep.