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Sleep week: Could your diet be affecting your sleep?
Wednesday, 3 June · 2 min read

What you eat and drink during the day could prevent you from sleeping well at night.

So it’s worth taking some time to think about your diet and how you could improve it for a more restful night.

Foods and habits known to affect sleep include:

  • fatty and spicy foods - these can trigger heartburn, causing discomfort during the night and disrupting your normal sleep cycle
  • caffeine-rich drinks and food - caffeine is found in tea, coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, energy drinks and some protein bars. You should stop consuming them 6 hours before bedtime
  • alcohol - drinking booze before bed may help you fall asleep but it can also disrupt your slumber. Alcohol is a diuretic that encourages the body to lose extra fluid as pee, making you more likely to wake up to use the toilet

Try to avoid these in the evenings and see if you notice any difference in the quality of your sleep.

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