Did you know that what you eat can have a big impact on how well you sleep at night?
Ahead of World Sleep Day coming up (15th March), diet expert Terri-Ann Nunns, of Terri Ann's Diet Plans, is offering her advice on what you should be avoiding in your diet to help us get the slumber we need...
As anyone who's done it could tell you, having a drink before bed can help you to drop off quicker, as it leaves you feeling tired. However, it's likely to disrupt your sleep as the night progresses. It's recommended that you don't drink for around 2-3 hours before turning in, to make sure it doesn't affect your sleep cycle.
2. Spicy food
If you have anything that contains spice, it's often going to lead to heartburn, which is likely to keep you awake. Laying down will actually make you feel worse, with the discomfort that comes with it likely to keep you awake. It's therefore not advisable to eat anything spicy prior to going to bed.
3. Fatty foods
It's the same story as spicy food - if you eat anything that's too fatty, it keeps you awake. Fatty food is harder to digest, with discomfort being the result. As your body struggles to deal with indigestion, you're subsequently more likely to toss and turn.
If you eat too much before bed, it can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable, and therefore hinders your sleep. It's recommended that you eat your biggest meal around 2-3 hours before bed, as this will let you digest properly.
Many people up and down the country will have a cup of tea or coffee in the evening, but you should actually steer clear of caffeine for around 4-6 hours prior to bed.
However, it's just as bad to go to bed on an empty stomach, as it will rumble away, which will only distract you. Therefore, try having a light snack around an hour or so before going to bed, if you think you'll feel hungry otherwise.