Regular waking during sleep can signal low blood sugar. Grabbing a midnight snack can restore low blood sugar levels, cause a spike in insulin that is required to fall asleep and give you something simple to do when you wake up. It is better to know what you will do if you wake up then to lie in bed fearing what to do if you wake.
Eating any of these carb, mineral and vitamin-B rich foods will help you fall asleep faster than eating no snack at all.
- Cherries with full cream yogurt
- A bowl of warm oats and honey
- A glass of warm full-cream milk
- A turkey sandwich
- Banana coated in peanut butter
Regular waking can also be a sign of sleep apnea – a condition linked closely with central obesity. If you have gained weight and know that you snore when you sleep then losing some weight could help your overall sleep quality by creating more space and less pressure in your airways.
Avoid eating anything after 7pm and when you wake skip the high calorie ‘slaap kos’. Instead, have one of these low calorie options:
- Chamomile tea
- Rooibos tea with a teeny dash of skim milk
- A glass of water to down some magnesium
Not sure why you are waking? See your GP to get a regular health check to rule out any common sleep thieves.
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