The do’s and don’ts of sleeping and eating

Your sleeping habits and eating habits have a tremendous effect on each other. If you make poor eating choices during the day, you might face discomfort during the night and find yourself unable to fall asleep. The next day, you’ll turn to high-sugar, high- carbohydrate foods to get the quick energy fix.

To keep your good sleeping and eating habits on track, keep these points in mind:

Eat enough fruits and vegetables during the day.

These foods are high in fiber and help your digestion, keeping you from feeling bloated at night.

Avoid overeating.

Overeating can make you feel gassy and can cause “just in case” trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Don’t eat in the evening.

Try to be finished with dinner three hours before bedtime. Your system slows down while you are asleep and you won’t be able to process food as well if you eat too late at night.

Get enough sleep.

Getting the necessary amount of sleep helps maintain your metabolism. And when you wake up feeling rested, you have more energy to live an active lifestyle that will keep you fit and healthy.

Up your sleep time if necessary.

If you follow all of the rules and still find yourself turning to high-carbohydrate and sugary foods for a boost of energy throughout the day, it might be time to adjust your schedule so you can get more sleep at night.