How Does Diet Affect Your Sleep?

With a new year just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about cementing some healthy lifestyle habits – especially important given the 12 months that we’ve all just endured. The pandemic has really highlighted just how essential it is to keep ourselves as fit and as healthy as we possibly can.

There are three main areas of focus that will keep you on the straight and narrow where your health is concerned and these are diet, exercise and sleep. They all go hand in hand, as well, and you’ll find you’re able to hit your goals far more effectively when everything is in their rightful place.

Making sure your diet is balanced and healthy is vitally important and will help protect you against all sorts of different conditions, including stroke, heart disease and diabetes. Food can also have a big impact on our mood and what we eat can increase or decrease our risk of developing anxiety and depression.

But diet can also have a big impact on our sleep patterns – and, as we all know, it can be very hard to function effectively if we aren’t getting enough sleep each week. Proper rest gives our brains and our bodies time to recover and restore themselves and we should be aiming for between seven and nine hours of sleep a night.

You can improve your sleep by making changes in your diet and the way in which you eat. For example, if you know you eat too late at night, bringing dinner hour forward will give your body more time to digest everything, so you will enjoy deeper, more restorative sleep.

Insufficient sleep can also see you overeating or going for unhealthier convenience food, especially if you’re too tired to cook properly, so prioritising this as an area for change could also be a good idea.

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