Do you suffer from insomnia? Fight it through diet
– Eat your last meal 2-3 hours before bedtime. Avoid eating just before you go to bed, as the process of digestion affects the body.
For your dinner, choose from the following:
Starchy foods such as pasta, rice, bread, because they increase the production of serotonin, a hormone that causes relaxation and tranquillity in our body.
– Dairy foods, because they are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that favours the production of serotonin.
For your dinner, avoid the following:
– Fatty foods such as cheese or fried dishes, which slowly break down, burdening the body and making it difficult to sleep.
– Coffee, tea, cola-type of soft drinks as well as sources of caffeine, which has a stimulating effect on the body. Each organism is unique and responds differently to caffeine. However, moderate consumption is generally suggested.
– Chocolate, which contains a lot of caffeine and fat.
– Sources of vitamin C, such as orange, pepper, kiwi and strawberry. Vitamin C is involved in the synthesis of adrenaline, so it should be consumed during daytime and not before bedtime.
During the day, do not forget to consume:
– Meat, which is the main source of iron for our body. The lack of iron causes fatigue and drowsiness during the day, resulting in poor sleep quality at night. However, if consumed in the evening, remember to choose lean meat only.
– Unsalted dried nuts, which contain magnesium and are used to combat stress and anxiety.
– Fruits and vegetables, as they contain vitamin B6, which is involved in the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin.