Diet can be defined as the meal we consume at different times during the day. A diet doesn’t have to be a planned meal, that has specific foods in the list and in specific amounts. A diet can be influenced by your choice of foods, based on your traditional eating habits, likes, dislikes, or a prescription diet plan. For most people, however, diet really means that you are on a specific food plan which is not the same as your normal food.
Dieting plans differ based on the intended result. Example, some people experiment on various diet plans to see what helps them with their health conditions or what makes them feel comfortable. Have you often felt that if you ate certain meals you are satisfied and at the same time end up feeling light, are able to stay active throughout the day or the diet made you sleep better? You may adopt a dieting plan based on a temporary indigestion issue, or some other reason, say to avoid skin breakouts. Some people follow a strict diet plan as a therapy for certain chronic conditions. The most common diet plans are the ones that help people to lose their weight and keep it off. Diet plans are prescribed after a proper analysis based on your body type, or your specific health condition by nutritionists or your physician. Once you are on a dieting schedule, the transitional stage can affect your sleep quality.
Insomnia or sleeplessness is a condition that is most likely a consequence of some day-to-day practices such as an altered diet plan. When there is a sudden change in diet plan, for example, a diet plan to lose weight, it may result in the experience of hunger pangs at night which makes it highly uncomfortable to get into a relaxing mode to sleep.
Consumption of sodas, soft drinks, sugary items such as cakes/ pastries, heavy food items that are spicy or containing excess fat, may also result in sleeplessness, stomach discomfort and other related problems.
Sometimes it so happens that maintaining a super healthy diet plan, leads you to experience sleeplessness, when you are getting accustomed to the diet change, or your hunger is not satiated. The reason could also be the type of diet you are consuming. Example, in a high protein diet, the body takes a longer time to break down the foods which in turn is causing you to lose sleep. This effect is very similar to that of having a heavy meal.
If your sleep is getting affected in any way, you can try consuming certain foods that are a good source of melatonin or are good antioxidants before going to bed. It may seem surprising but eating some foods at night can lull you to sleep resulting in a good quality sleep.
Foods with a good source of melatonin, a substance that helps the body regulate sleep. Consuming an ounce or a handful of almonds before bedtime, could help you sleep better, as almonds are a good source of melatonin. Tart cherry juice is also a good option due to its rich melatonin content.
Other natural and organic sources of foods rich in antioxidants, chamomile tea or kiwi fruit before bedtime, helps with better sleep quality. Antioxidants help by reducing stress to the brain, thus making it easy to relax and sleep.
How much kiwi, almonds or tea should you consume to improve your sleep quality ? Does melatonin help or antioxidants? When not sure, and if you tried consuming almonds or tea with no real influence on your sleep quality, you could try resorting to natural sleep aid supplements. These supplements have a combination of natural elements in the right proportions that work better to resolve your sleep problem. Natural sleep aid supplements use herbs, leaves, flowers or fruits in a combination that regulates the body and helps in improving your sleep quality.