Well i've got a very rigid sleeping clock ( no matter what time i fall asleep I always wake up around 7), it takes me about 30min-1 hour sometimes more to fall alseep, and i've got constant dark circles. Anyway. Is there anything I can do ( i've heard eating a carby dinner) that can help me sleep better?
For me, it's not necessarily about what I eat before I sleep but what I do before I sleep. If I attempt to go to sleep immediately after I've been on my laptop, my brain feels like it's still a-buzzin' and my mind will still be running. Reading helps me tremendously in getting me all relaxed and sleepy and I usually start falling asleep while I'm still reading. I also take some Magnesium about an hour before I go to sleep (I use Natural Calm). My room has to be completely dark (I have black out curtains); if there's still that glow from my laptop, I'll be tossin' and turnin' and waking up in the middle of the night.
I agree with April, it's not just what you eat it's what you're doing beforehand. Over stimulating activity is not going to help you. You need to wind down with the sun. Keep your house on the dimly lit side as the sun goes down, so that your body makes melatonin. Also, try a mug of warm grass-fed beef bone broth before bed. I have clients who do this and have had great success with it. Also,
I hope this helps.
Foods to avoid before attempting to sleep
Caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that can keep you awake. You should avoid caffeinated drinks and foods — coffee, tea, chocolate, and soft drinks - eight hours before your planned bedtime. Drinking caffeine late in the day can make you restless and keep you from falling asleep at night.
Alcohol. Although many people use alcohol to help them relax before bed, excessive consumption of alcohol can make you wake up at night. Drink moderately, if at all; avoid drinking within a few hours of bedtime
Heavy foods or spicy foods or any foods you know that may cause heartburn, making it difficult for you to sleep at night.
Some foods that are rich in tyramine can also affect sleep.Tyramine actually causes the release of a substance that stimulates the brain keeping you awake. This is found in bacon, sugar, ham or tomatoes.
Smoking. Smoking causes sleep troubles in numerous ways. Nicotine is a stimulant, which disrupts sleep. Additionally, smokers actually experience nicotine withdrawal as the night progresses, making it hard to sleep.
Too much food intake. This is considered as the major culprit why many people especially those who don't have sleeping problems before are getting a hard time sleeping all of a sudden. Professionals say that if a individual have overeaten, the tendency is that the abdomen will have a hard time digesting it. Too much food might also have an effect on the how the digestive system perform and might even lead to clinical conditions such as ulcer if done frequently.
Don't drink any fluids within 2 hours of going to bed. This will make you to wake up repeatedly during the night for trips to the toilet.
I find that a little bit of fat right before bed helps me to fall asleep faster, and stay asleep better. OTOH, too many carbohydrates right before bed seem to contribute to more restless sleep and middle-of-the-night heartburn, at least for me.