Sleep Health – 5 Foods To Consider For Better Sleep

Aloha Dear Friends,

Are you one of those busy professional people with at least 10 number one priorities? If you are overly active with a busy work schedule, you most likely are also experiencing trouble sleeping. A full work agenda can lead to exhaustion and a lack of regular sleep. When you are overworked, stressed, and suffer from poor sleep patterns you need to examine everyday habits like food to look for ways to help you get more rest.

One of the first areas you need to review for a better night’s sleep is diet. Many foods contain ingredients and other genetically altered chemicals, which will affect your personal sleep balance. If you suspect food is a reason for not getting good sleep, then a good way to test it is to try altering your food selection for at least one day.

Simply keep a journal of what you consume, including all drinks, then note any changes in your nightly sleep pattern as a direct result.

Below you will find a discussion of five food issues that are known to cause problems and discomfort during sleep.

1. Binge Drinking

Just because you passed out from over drinking does not mean you got a good night’s sleep. You need to watch the sauce if you want to have better sleep patterns.

2. Caffeine

It is a good idea to limit your intake of this stimulant, especially prior to going to sleep. You may wish to cut this out or consume very little for a few days to experiment with the result it has on your sleep. As a general rule, try to avoid or regulate things like coffee, tea, soda, and even chocolate while you are attempting to improve your nighttime rest.

3. Overeating

This is an easily identifiable, well-known problem for people who suddenly experience sleep issues when they do not normally have any problems. The stomach will encounter difficulty when trying to digest what a person has overeaten. Overeating consistently may cause medical conditions like ulcers, as it tends to change how the digestive system compensates for the overflow of food.

4. Fatty Food

Too much fat in your food causes a lot of extra work for your stomach to digest and is a common problem for people that do not sleep well. Help your stomach out and get more sleep by reducing fatty and overly rich food before bedtime.

5. Acidic and Spicy Food

This should be a no brainer. If you eat too much of this stuff, you should plan on a poor night of sleep. Spicy or acidic food will lead to stomach trouble, heartburn, and gas, which means not only will you not get any sleep, neither will anyone next to you.

I would like to add, sleeping in a peaceful environment may be one of the most important parts of getting a good night’s sleep. I live in Puako, a beach community along the Kohala Coast, and I can hear the waves at night. The gentle sound of the waves puts me to sleep, and the array of birds singing at dawn awakens me.

Enjoy this yoga pose for better sleep:

Standing Forward Bend

Exhale as you slowly stretch your chest to the knees without losing the support of your lower back. Bend knees slightly, extend your hands towards the earth. Allow the natural weight of your body to bend you from the hips down. Gently fold further as you tuck your chin to your chest and breath.

Benefits: Calms the mind and helps relieve stress and mild depression. Stimulates the liver and kidneys. Stretches the hamstrings, calves, and hips. Strengthens the thighs and knees. Improves digestion. Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. Reduces fatigue and anxiety. Relieves headache and insomnia. Therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis.

I feel blessed each day for living in paradise. The picture on this blog is of Pololu Valley, a breathtaking view of my hike yesterday.

One Life!
Satori Ebedes
Realtor (S)

About the Author

Satori Ebedes

Satori Ebedes is a REALTOR Salesperson with Hawai'i Life. Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible. Satori understands that real estate is more than just a transaction, it’s a life changing experience here in Hawaii. She takes great pride in the relationships she builds and always works persistently on clients behalf to assist them achieve their real estate goals through her exceptional and personalized service. With two decades of experience, Satori specialized in the high end luxury real estate market in South Florida, property management and vacation rentals. Satori migrated west from South Africa over 20 year ago to South Florida, through Sedona and ultimately settled down on the Big Island of Hawaii, where she fell in love with the “Aloha Spirit”. She has also travelled to over 15 countries and brings a global perspective that guides her to unite the gap in the diverse real estate market in Hawaii. On her journey she has discovered how important it is to bridge a healthy lifestyle by living in a beautiful environment. Satori is focused on luxury lifestyle properties and her motto is “One Life”. You can email me at or via phone at (808) 333-2127.

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