Some foods that we eat, or things that we drink, can affect the quality of our sleep.
Drinking caffeine or alcohol too close to shut-eye can affect the quality of your sleep. Some studies suggest not drinking coffee after 2pm, as even if you don’t necessarily feel the effects, caffeine can keep your mind and body alert for several hours after drinking it. Why not switch to decaf in he afternoon to keep your coffee fix, without the negative effects.
Alcohol has a complicated relationship with our sleep as it can make us sleepy when intoxicated but disrupt sleep as it begins to wear off. It is recommended to take a few hours between your last drink before you set off to sleep.
Eating a large meal before sleep can also be a contributor to poor sleep quality. If your body is trying to digest food whilst you are sleeping, a large meal could be likely to cause indigestion. This is also related to mental exhaustion, and can be linked to nightmares.
There are many lifestyle changes that we can make that can positively influence our sleep.
As you may already know, exercise is a huge component that can affect our sleep. Doing more of it can help prepare our bodies for rest, in fact, it helps to reduce that stress hormone we mentioned earlier cortisol and increases the levels of endorphins a hormone that makes us feel happy.
Exercise can occur in many different ways, it could be as simple as going for a short stroll before dinner every night or a bit of yoga to relax both the mind and body. You can read some of our other posts by clicking the images below which detail some easy ways for you to get more active.