You might be surprised to find out that one of the most important factors dictating both the quality and quantity of your sleep is related to what you eat. If you want to know how to get to sleep you may need to look at what you are eating.
One of the first questions I ask people who complain of insomnia is what they eat on a regular basis. Among other things I want to get an idea of how much sugar and refined carbs they eat on an average day.
What you eat influences the balance of hormones and chemical messengers in your body.
Eating foods like refined carbs and sugar has a number of bad effects on the hormones of your body. One of these is an excessive amount of a hormone called cortisol. This is a stress hormone released from your adrenal glands (they sit on top of your kidneys).
Cortisol should be low at night, but if you have been eating sugar and refined carbs through the day, chances are it will be high instead.
Higher than normal levels of cortisol at night has the effect of you lying wide awake at night, you might feel agitated too for no apparent reason.
How to get to sleep
Cutting out refined carbs will gradually return your cortisol levels to normal, but this can take a couple of weeks so it’s something you need to stick with to get the results you want.
This is just one way that diet choices can mess up your sleep pattern.
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Until next week
Uber Health to you