Eating well makes us look better, feel better, and have a more positive outlook on life. The attention that we give food and eating is immense, but there is a daily habit that is often overlooked in its importance – sleep pattern and sleep quality. Along with healthy eating, sleep quality is one of the most important factors that affects our well-being.

Not getting enough sleep regularly and/or getting poor sleep quality regularly can lead to sleep disorders that have a severe negative impact on our lives. Conditions such as insomnia are known to stimulate problems with work and school and are linked with anxiety, obesity, and depression. Poor sleep can also cause other various problems in our lives.

Hunger – Recent research shows that sleeping less makes you more inclined to choose bigger portion sizes during your daily meals.

Overly Emotional – There is a link between lack of sleep causing us to lose contextualized control over emotions and react primitively to certain situations.
Attention Span – There is also a direct correlation between lack of sleep and our attention span, along with the ability to focus on tasks and activities throughout the day.
Stress – Lack of sleep also causes an increase in our stress levels which, among other things, can result in a lack of sex drive.

Contrarily, the benefits of getting the proper amount of quality sleep are vast. It helps us to feel better and live longer.  Improved athletic performance, better memory retention, and increased intelligence levels are just some of the additional benefits of consistent quality sleep. Believe it or not, there are actually some foods that can assist you in falling and staying asleep. These include:

  • Cottage cheese
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter
  • Warm milk
  • Grapes

Some foods to avoid prior to bedtime include:

  • Caffeine (obviously)
  • Alcohol – May help with initially falling asleep but is proven to be disruptive to sleep throughout the night
  • Junk food
  • Foods that are tough to digest such as steak
  • Spicy foods

Those are just some of the dieting habits that might help us avoid sleep disorders. It is also wise not to eat in bed. This way our brains link our bedroom with sleeping and not eating. Cutting down on drinking, even water, before bedtime will also reduce the need to get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. Understanding how important sleep is to our everyday lives, and making the appropriate lifestyle changes to improve your sleep patterns, is an excellent way to stay sleep disorder free.

If you or someone you know has applied these tips but still can’t seem to fall asleep and/or benefit from an uninterrupted night of quality sleep, then it’s time to seek professional help. Visit for additional information regarding various sleep disorders.