Interfering with Sleep
A group of researchers recently analyzed the sleeping patterns of a group of obese participants to see how eating habits affected their sleep quality. In the end, they discovered that subjects who ate fatty food within four to five hours of sleeping had more sleep disturbances than did participants who ate leaner foods or abstained from eating altogether.
According to lead researcher, Mesa Dr. Harmeet Gill, fatty foods can interfere with sleep, because they take longer to metabolize, while also encouraging acid reflux. To prevent sleeping problems, Gill recommended that people eat leaner dinners or abstain from eating altogether four to five hours prior to bedtime.
When Dietary Changes Aren’t Enough
Although smarter eating can help some get more sleep; it won’t do much for sleep apneics. Since it creates breathing problems that result in frequent waking, this dangerous disorder prevents sufferers from consistently achieving deep, restorative REM sleep.
If sleep apnea is keeping you from getting the sleep you need, it’s time to do something about it. Contact Dr. Roubal's office to learn about a sleep apnea treatment that works by clearing the airway using a simple oral appliance.