Updated: Jul 14, 2020
3 Reasons you are having trouble sleeping at night that have nothing to do with stress or caffeine intake:
1) You don't eat enough carbohydrates:
Serotonin and Melatonin, often thought to be hormones but actually are neurotransmitters (brain signalling messages), need the broken down products of carbohydrates in order to be released inside the body. Both of these impact relaxation so when we don't eat enough wholesome carbohydrates, our body struggles to sleep deeply.
2) Your dinner was too spicy:
Chilli and other spicy foods are energising and stimulating. There is research to suggest that foods energising on the digestive system can lead to the brain prioritising more blood flow to the stomach and other digestive organs, at the expense of relaxing the body in preparation for sleep.
3) You need to eat more fruit and vegetables:
Fruit and vegetables are abundant in the nutrient potassium, which is essential in driving sleep and encouraging the body to stay asleep.