How Eating Right and Staying Active Improve Sleep Quality

How Eating Right and Staying Active Improve Sleep Quality

If you don’t have a healthy lifestyle, it can lead to anxiety, insomnia, and poor sleeping habits. It may be frustrating that everything leads to exercise and diet, with diet being the most important thing for a healthy life – but it’s just true. You need to eat right and keep moving to live a healthy life, including being able to sleep well at night. 

    Drink Water – Most people need about 64 ounces of water a day, but some will require slightly more and some somewhat less depending on your weight, how much exercise you do, and the type of work you do. So whatever it is that you need, calculate it, measure it, and act mindfully about getting enough in every day. 

    Avoid Caffeine – Lots of different foods and snacks have caffeine, so if you think you gave it up but are still having issues sleeping, check your diet. Avoiding caffeine, especially after about 10 am, will help you get to sleep better at night. 

    Avoid Alcohol – It’s fun to have a couple of drinks a week, but it will interfere with sleeping properly if you do it too late at night. Try limiting it to two or three times a week, to two drinks each time you partake, and earlier in the evening. 

    Exercise Enough – Moving is not just good for your circulation, but it’s also good for your mental state. Moving enough each day to burn the energy that is keeping you awake is essential for most people. All you need is two and a half hours of moderate and intentional exercise each week for optimum health. That’s really not that much. 

    Eat The Right Things – The healthier your diet, the better you’re going to sleep at night. Of course, it’s okay to indulge occasionally, but cake, pies, and junk food really are just for parties and not daily intake. If you’re overweight and cannot sleep well at night, consider eating right and losing weight. So watch your nutrition and your caloric intake to get it right.

    Avoid Food at Night – While eating the right things is important, it’s also essential to eat at the right times. The best thing is to avoid eating at least two to three hours before going to bed. Avoiding food at night gives your body time to digest so you can sleep. Also, keep in mind that your body repairs itself at night, and it’ll do a better job if your belly is empty. 

If there is one thing you have a lot of power over, it’s how much you eat and how much you move. You don’t need anything fancy to get enough nutrition, and you don’t need anything expensive to do the right amount of exercise. All you need is basic food, clean water, and a little space to march in place or area to walk for at least 150 minutes a week at a moderate pace. 

Eating right and staying active are key components of a healthy sleep routine. This advice is part of our guide on 10 Proven Tips to Avoid Insomnia and Sleep Better Every Night. Next, explore how to Manage Light Exposure to improve your sleep.