Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing is interrupted during sleep, resulting in a decreased flow of oxygen to the brain and body. It can be caused by certain illnesses or injuries, but the most common cause is obstruction of the airway. At Daniel Tebbi, D.M.D, we can treat certain sleep disorders. We also serve areas including Sherman Oaks 91403, 91495, 91423, Studio City 91604, Van Nuys 91436, 91411, and Reseda 91335.
Timing Of Meals
It’s best to avoid snacking or eating large meals before bedtime. Your last meal should be eaten a few hours before bedtime. Your body needs 8-12 hours to digest food. Eating before bed can cause you to wake up multiple times during the night to use the bathroom. This can also cause you to have a restless night’s sleep.
Food To Sleep Better
Eating the right foods can actually help promote better sleep. By avoiding certain foods and incorporating others, you can help your body handle stress better and get a better night’s sleep. Here are some foods that can help you sleep better:
It’s usually recommended to eat foods high in carbohydrates before bed since they can help the brain produce serotonin and melatonin, two hormones that boost mood and help you sleep. Oatmeal is high in complex carbohydrates, so it’s the perfect bedtime snack.
Calcium and Magnesium
Getting enough calcium and magnesium in your diet is important for bone and muscle function. These minerals can also help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling well-rested.
Calcium is important for bone health. The mineral works along with phosphate, vitamin D, and magnesium to help keep your bones strong. It’s also essential for nerve and muscle function, including your heartbeat.
Magnesium is important for sleep as well. It works with calcium to promote muscle relaxation and to help your body produce melatonin. Magnesium may also help your body regulate its temperature.
Tryptophan and Melatonin
Tryptophan is an amino acid that plays a role in sleep. It encourages the body to produce melatonin, which is a hormone responsible for regulating your sleep-wake cycles. Tryptophan is found in protein-rich foods, such as turkey, chicken, fish, eggs, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds.
Melatonin is a hormone that regulates circadian rhythms, or the body’s internal clock. It is naturally produced in the body. Melatonin supplements are also available.
To learn more about our sleep disorder, visit our Daniel Tebbi, D.M.D. office at 16661 Ventura Blvd Ste 620, Encino, CA 91436, which is quite close to Sherman Oaks 91403, 91495, 91423, Studio City 91604, Van Nuys 91436, 91411, and Reseda 91335. You can also reach us at (818) 789-2034.