Somnologist Greg Potter: alcohol, fast food and chocolate interfere with sleep
Somnologist Greg Potter believes that drinking alcohol, fast food and chocolate for dinner interferes with healthy sleep. He appointed eating habits that prevent you from falling asleep quickly and sleeping well at night, in an article published by The Sun.
For those who want to sleep, Potter advised that the first thing to do is give up alcohol. According to the specialist, alcohol fragments sleep in the second half of the night and reduce REM sleep. The somnologist also urged abstaining from coffee, tea and chocolate, as the caffeine they contain can make it hard for you to fall asleep quickly.
Potter advised them not to eat pizza, ice cream, sodas, and processed foods for dinner. According to him, in the first half of the day, the body digests and assimilates food better, and in the evening these functions slow down. For the same reason, the somnologist recommended eating less of even the healthiest foods before bed. “It’s better to go to bed without being hungry or full,” he explained.
In his opinion, the optimal time for dinner is three hours before going to bed. The specialist explained that later, the brain begins to prepare the body for rest: the level of melatonin responsible for sleep increases and the production of insulin decreases.
To improve sleep, the somnologist suggested including foods in the evening menu that help the body produce melatonin, such as cherries, tomatoes and pistachios. You can quench your thirst with non-alcoholic, unsweetened beverages, such as water or decaffeinated herbal tea.
Formerly an endocrinologist at the Elena Ostrovskaya European Medical Center list diseases that cause sleep disturbances. In his opinion, insomnia can occur due to prolonged stress, thyroid disease and a number of other reasons.