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Is What You Are Consuming Affecting Your Sleep?

04-11-2011

They say that you are what you eat. It is not hard to see the truth in that saying. However, that saying might have even more applicability than just as the raw building blocks of our body. It could also be applied to our psychological well being. There are a number of ways that our food and drink intake effects our mental state, one of the most important and universal is how our food and drink intake effects how we sleep.

There are a number of different substances we commonly ingest that can have a dramatic effect on our sleeping habits. The most obvious is caffeine, which can really inhibit sleep. Another well known substance is sugar, which if eaten before bed, can also cause trouble.

There are also foods and drinks that can help us sleep. Magnesium rich substances are extremely good at helping us drift off. Magnesium is found in legumes and seeds, dark green vegetables, wheat bran, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast and whole grains. Milk is another that helps people get to sleep.

 


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