2. Your diet
A diet should be finely tuned to ensure a quality night’s sleep. Too much or too little food can have an impact on how well you sleep and how rested you feel in the morning. The timing of your eating habits in relation to your bedtime is also an influencing factor.
Surprisingly, even what you eat for breakfast will affect how well you sleep that night. If you start your day carbo-loading with unhealthy carbohydrates such as doughnuts, you’ll feel an energy boost. However, this will be short-term only, and before long you’ll be feeling sluggish and sleepy, and you’ll start looking for your next fix of carbohydrates. So, it’s better to eat a healthy breakfast that contains protein and complex carbohydrates to keep your body running efficiently. Consider eating foods such as eggs and wholegrain bread or cereals.
At lunchtime and throughout the day, stick to healthy food options such as fruits, vegetables, and protein snacks. They’ll sustain your energy without the negative side effects of unhealthy carbohydrates. If you go to the opposite end of the spectrum and you don’t eat enough food, you’ll be kept awake at night by your growling stomach and your brain sending emergency messages to your body that it needs more food.
The timing of your evening meal is crucial. If you eat too close to bedtime, you could get indigestion which will affect your ability to sleep. But if you eat too early, you could go to bed hungry which also has a negative impact as stated above. Try to eat your main meal at least 2 hours prior to bedtime. If you feel hungry before going to bed, consider a light snack such as yogurt or non-acidic fruits.