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.
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.
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.