Sleep is essential for both you and your growing babe, […]
Sleep is essential for both you and your growing babe, so avoid these potential snooze-wreckers, which can cause you to toss and turn all night long.
A recent study in the journal Nutrition found that individuals who tended to sleep less were more likely to consume a nutritionally poor diet with more total calories but less fiber, fruits, whole grains and beans than those who had better sleep patterns. Stick to a whole foods diet during your pregnancy, and you’ll have a better chance of sleeping like a baby.
It might be a not-so-guilty pleasure, but dark chocolate contains stimulants like theobromine and a small amount of caffeine. Enjoy this dark delight earlier in the day but not while you’re burning the midnight oil.
Spicy foods like a bowl of curry or fiery chili can cause a spike in body temperature or heartburn that may bring about a restless evening. If you’re having trouble sleeping, consider switching your spicier fare to lunch.
If you are overly sensitive to caffeine, even the small amount in green tea could lead to sleeplessness. Try herbal teas like chamomile or valerian instead, both of which have been anecdotally hailed to help with the onset of sleep and improve sleep quality. Instead of sugar, drizzle in a small amount of honey. (A rise in blood sugar can reduce the production of orexin—a recently discovered neurotransmitter that’s been linked to wakefulness—in the brain.)
A craving for the golden arches or fried chicken may set the stage for a night of watching late-night infomercials. Eating too much fatty food later in the evening means your body is focusing on digestion instead of getting you ready to hit the sack. Too much fat can also stimulate the production of acid in your stomach, which can spill up into your esophagus and lead to sleep-stealing heartburn.