Houston Forward Times

12 February 2014 Written by  Valecia Weeks

Insomnia Do’s and Don’ts

Has your best friend named "a restful night sleep" deserted you for an enemy called insomnia? When you are tossing and turning the whole night, how should your body and mind feel the next morning? I’d say kinda’ drowsy, fatigued, and having that sluggish and lack of sleep feeling.

There are many factors that can negatively affect sleep and cause problems getting proper rest and also a few that can enhance the quality. Because each woman is different, each sleep plan will differ for each individual. So, be sure to consult with your health care provider to find the one that will best improve your quality and quantity of your shut eye. A few basic changes along with your physician’s suggestions that someone who suffers with insomnia can do to improve the quality of sleep are listed below:

Discontinue hand to mouth actions at least two to three hours before your regular bed time. In other words cut out any edible items and give your body time to digest foods prior to your lying down for a night’s rest.

Be careful not to consume too much fried and fatty foods, refined carbohydrates and spicy foods. Sometimes these foods can have an adverse effect on your ability to get a good night’s sleep, depending how your body processes those types of foods.

It is just as important to enjoy a light snack two to three hours prior to bedtime as it is to discontinue food consumption. A healthy snack can help prevent your stomach from having a major conversation with you while you are trying to fall asleep. Some easily accessed snacks in your local grocery store are cooked oatmeal, yogurt with granola sprinkled on top, a few whole-grain crackers with cheese slices, or sliced apples with peanut butter.

While nutritional changes along are possibilities for your enemy named "insomnia" to leave you along, it is best to take a comprehensive approach. Be sure to find a doctor who is willing to work closely with you to find potential underlying causes to your sleeping problem and create a treatment plan that encompasses a solution to your "whole" problem and not just part. So, ladies, let’s eat, sleep, and be will rested the next morning.