A full tummy may be impacting your sleep (DW#718)

We have been discussing how our busy brain can keep us awake. But sometimes, it is not our brain at all but our body that makes it challenging for us to wind down for the night.

According to the results of a new study by "the sleep doctor" Michael J. Breus, PhD, the timing of food intake can have a significant effect on sleep patterns. Eating more in the evening hours, close to bedtime, can make it hard to fall and stay asleep women are more affected by food-related sleep disruptions.

In short, we are now finding out that both how much you eat, what you eat and when you eat can all have an impact on sleep.

Here is the summary of what to do if a full stomach tends to keep you awake:

1) Eat dinner like a beggar – small quantities of simple food

2) Stay away from high fat dinners

3) Finish eating at least 2 to 3 hours before you plan to sleep

Of course eating like this has multiple health benefits and you may find that your sleep quality improves significantly. Something to remember in this season of overindulgence :)

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