How diet affects sleep

Sleep is an important part of our daily lives yet many of us skimp on sleep and get nowhere near the 8 hours of recommended sleep per night. Lack of sleep or disruptive sleep can cause a number of issues with you heath such as headaches, depression, fertility issues and concentration issues.

Research over many years has shown that diet is closely linked to sleep and that the foods we eat can have a big impact on how much quality sleep we get.

Caffeine is known to keep you awake so many people avoid caffeine during the few hours before they intend on going to bed.  Food can have an influence on how well you sleep at night, so pay attention to your diet and how you’re eating to improve your sleep quality.

Making sure you get the right amount of diary, meats, carbs and veg/fruit in to your diet each day will help you achieve a good quality sleep pattern. Sleep is also about routine. You should try and go to bed and get up at the same time every day so your body knows what to expect.

Making sure your room is quiet and dark will also help you sleep better. If you struggle to sleep you are better to get back up for a bit and then try again when you are feeling tired.