Insomnia and Nutrition

The foods we eat have a very important impact on all the body’s systems, influencing nervous and physical activities alike. Therefore, don’t be surprised to discover that insomnia and nutrition are interrelated. Food digestion requires a certain amount of effort from the muscles around the stomach, and this very area is rich in nerve endings.

Heavy meals in the evening that require a lot of work by the digestive and nervous systems are not recommended since they can easily trigger sleep disorders. The last meal of the day should be taken at least two hours before going to bed to allow enough time for the stomach to process food. In this respect, insomnia and nutrition can affect people of all ages alike.

Food difficult to process lies behind insomnia and nutrition problems. This is why nutritionists recommend only light meals after six o’clock in the evening. Fruits, salads, dairy products, cereals, soup or broth are easier to digest in the evening.

Meat, sweets and fat dishes require the most intense efforts on the part of the digestive system. Therapists advise people who suffer from both insomnia and nutrition problems to try drinking a glass of warm milk sweetened with honey before going to bed. It is said to have a soothing effect and to induce sleep naturally without intense effort on the sleeper’s part.

Insomnia and nutrition problems are common among overweight people who experience the syndrome of “emotional hunger“. Due to depression, or emotional instability, one could get up in the middle of the night with food cravings, and she or he may not be able to sleep until the craving is satisfied. Such disorders involve both sleep and eating habits, being deeply rooted in psychological issues that demand a quick solution. In this particular case, professional counseling should be undergone and may help both with the insomnia and nutrition problems.

Some food items are more likely to cause insomnia and nutrition problems than others. A good example here is chocolate. Due to the large amount of cocoa that chocolate contains, particularly in dark varieties, chocolate can cause agitation and sleeplessness in children and sensitive adults.

The explanation behind this particular insomnia is triggered by chocolate and the amount of lecithin that it contains. Lecithin is a brain stimulator, activating nervous impulses at the level of the central nervous system. This is why it is advisable not to allow children to eat chocolate in excess.