Polysleep’s philosophy has always been to create the best experience, starting with the ideal sleeping surface. The mattress is an essential part that will make your nights memorable, but there are other elements that matter. Indeed, many environmental and physiological factors have an impact on the quality of your sleep. One of the elements that has an influence on this important moment of the day is without a doubt nutrition.
First you have to know that sleep is partly related to different hormones that can stimulate drowsiness, these hormones are called serotonin and melatonin. It is by interacting with theses hormones and the hormonal balance that nutrition has an impact on the quality and the quantity of sleep. There are two main categories of food when talking about their effect on sleep: food that helps you to fall asleep and food you should avoid before going to bed.
For the products that belong to the category that helps us sleep, they often contain a lot of Tryptophan, an amino acid that is part of a sleep hormone’s production: the serotonin. Among foods that have an important quantity of tryptophan, we can find many dairy products. That explains why a bowl of hot milk with honey is often recommended before going to bed.
Another ingredient that facilitates sleep is carbohydrate. All food containing slow absorbed sugar, like carbohydrates, should be preferred at dinner time because of the long period of time it takes to your body to digest it. Eating pasta, whole grain rice, potatoes, whole wheat bread, etc before night should be encouraged to ensure a longer energy intake. Slow digestion is preferable before going to sleep because it extends the period of time the body is producing serotonin and also helps prevent cravings in the middle of the night.
Furthermore, to help you in having the best sleep experience, some beverages can help your body to rest. Some teas or herbal infusions have effects on the nervous system and on the sleep process. Linden, verbena, chamomile, are some plants or trees known to have relaxing virtues when used in a hot drink. Moderate consumption of these liquids is recommended for your bladder. However, with a Polysleep mattress you don’t have to be afraid to spill some of it on the liquid-repellent cover.
For the food, you should not eat before going to bed, it is often considered as food that has a high energetic intake, which can stimulate the nervous system. Among these elements, we can find all beverages that contain caffeine or other stimulating substances such as coffee, alcohol, sodas and energy drinks. It is also highly recommended to avoid all meals with a high proportion of fat like burgers, chips, butter, meat, etc. All meals that can be considered as spicy should also be banned before going to bed because they are hard to digest.
What really matters when we want to experience the best sleep is the energy intake. If it doesn’t fulfill our needs, it can be the cause of many sleep problems. Not enough calories can create multiple nocturnal awakenings because of hunger. On the other hand, too many calories can be hard for the digestive system.
With these little tips about good dietary habits before sleeping combined with the Polysleep mattress, you have all the ingredients to experience the best sleep ever.