Thursday, July 16, 2009

Certain Foods Can Excrete Chemicals that Make it Hard for You to Sleep - Part 1

Food can be a common source of creating a chemical cause for insomnia. If you are suffering from insomnia on a nightly basis, or only once in a while, you should check your diet to see if there is a common source that may be contributing to your sleepless nights. Coffee, soda, chocolate, desserts, and spicy foods can all be the culprit behind your night waking.

Insomnia is a very annoying condition. When you can't sleep at night, you are tired during the day and less productive. While sleep needs vary from one person to the next, a healthy sleep goal is 7-9 hours a night. If you are not able to rest enough, your body will be less energetic and not able to function as you need it to.

Two very common causes of insomnia include caffeine consumption and food allergy or food sensitivity.

Caffeine is a stimulant that encourages active neurological movement. While this effect is great during the day when you need an extra energy boost, if consumed too late in the day, can affect your sleep. Caffeine enters your bloodstream through the consumption of coffee, soda, cold and cough medicine and tea. Try to avoid consuming caffeine late in the day so that your blood will be caffeine free by nighttime.

Eating a food that your body may be slightly allergic too can also cause insomnia. The most frequent foods that cause sleep disturbances are chocolate, wheat, corn and dairy. Even if you cannot define a food allergy to these products, they may be causing your insomnia. One common symptom of food sensitivity is restlessness. This restlessness that you experience throughout the day may leak over into your night and cause insomnia.

Increased fatigue can also be a symptom of food intolerance. A person with food sensitivity often wakes up in the morning feeling tired, and irritable. They may also feel that they "need" a nap in the afternoon. If this sounds like you, try keeping a chart of what you eat, and match the foods up to the mornings you feel more tired.

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