Having a balanced diet can have a huge impact on your sleep! Make sure to stop eating 2-3 hours before bedtime to allow your body to digest everything so it can focus on rest and restoration during sleep. Eating healthy is always a good thing, but there are certain foods like almonds, chamomile tea, or fatty fish that can help promote sleep with their natural vitamins and nutrients.
We can also help promote sleep by what we eat during the day. Foods that are high fat or high protein can actually negatively affect our sleep. High protein foods can disrupt sleep because they take longer to break down and become a problem because our digestion slows down by up to 50% while we sleep. Instead, opt for complex carbohydrates like oatmeal or whole wheat bread because they don’t take as long to digest.
You’ll also want to avoid caffeinated products, nicotine, and alcohol by the late afternoon as they can all cause disruptions while sleeping and can cause nighttime waking.