Don’t Eat These 10 Foods in the Evening to Avoid Sleep Problems

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Emil­ia Tsy­biko­va, Can­di­date of Med­ical Sci­ences, doc­tor of the clin­ic of Tibetan med­i­cine in Moscow, the clin­i­cal base of the First Moscow State Med­ical Uni­ver­si­ty I. M. Sechen­o­va

Many peo­ple think that sleep is for relax­ation. In real­i­ty, this is not so. From the point of view of Tibetan med­i­cine, sleep is need­ed, first of all, to restore the bal­ance of the Wind base.

Health is main­tained by the dynam­ic bal­ance of the three bases — Wind, Bile and Phlegm. In physics, this state is called qua­si-sta­t­ic, and in med­i­cine, home­osta­sis.

The wind is respon­si­ble for men­tal activ­i­ty, emo­tions, sense organs and the ner­vous sys­tem as a whole. The bal­ance of this sys­tem is con­stant­ly dis­turbed by exter­nal influ­ences, pri­mar­i­ly by incom­ing infor­ma­tion. The brain does not have time to process it in full imme­di­ate­ly. There­fore, he puts it aside and process­es it dur­ing sleep, deter­min­ing whether it is use­ful or harm­ful. It destroys some­thing, puts some­thing into long-term mem­o­ry, adopts some­thing.

This is the main func­tion of sleep. Nor­mal­ly, upon awak­en­ing, the bal­ance of the Wind base must be com­plete­ly restored, and it must be ready for work and new exter­nal influ­ences.

Often this does not hap­pen. Poor sleep qual­i­ty pre­vents the brain from ful­ly pro­cess­ing infor­ma­tion. This is due, for exam­ple, to a lack of neu­ro­trans­mit­ters. In Tibetan med­i­cine, this is called a vio­la­tion of the con­duc­tion of the “white chan­nels”.

Sleep dis­tur­bance leads to the fact that the bal­ance of the Wind is not restored. On the oth­er hand, the imbal­ance of this base itself caus­es insom­nia.

There is a vicious cir­cle. Wind imbal­ance dis­turbs sleep, and its poor qual­i­ty exac­er­bates Wind imbal­ance. This is how ner­vous dis­or­ders devel­op — neu­ro­sis, neuras­the­nia, depres­sion.

Wind is a cold, dry and light base. Its imbal­ance is caused by dry, light and cold foods. Many of them are mis­tak­en­ly con­sid­ered use­ful. In fact, their use leads to sleep dis­tur­bance and does not allow you to sleep at night.

1. Raw veg­eta­bles, fruits

Most veg­eta­bles are cold foods. If you use them in their raw form, this prop­er­ty is man­i­fest­ed to the max­i­mum extent. Sal­ads made from raw veg­eta­bles, herbs, leafy let­tuces are for some rea­son con­sid­ered good for health. In fact, they cool the body. First of all, it is the Wind that suf­fers from this as the most sen­si­tive basis. Hence the insom­nia.

The mat­ter is aggra­vat­ed by the lack of salt (a warm­ing ele­ment) and the addi­tion of oth­er cool­ing prod­ucts — olive oil and lemon juice. Such sal­ads are most harm­ful to sleep, and there­fore to the ner­vous sys­tem.

You can not eat raw veg­eta­bles, espe­cial­ly in the cold, damp and windy cli­mate of Rus­sia. Such sal­ads harm the ner­vous sys­tem and are the main ene­mies of sleep.

2. Cit­rus

All cit­rus fruits, with­out excep­tion, are high­ly cool­ing foods. They neg­a­tive­ly affect the qual­i­ty of sleep. This is espe­cial­ly evi­dent in chil­dren. If a child eats an orange at night, it will make his sleep rest­less.

For some rea­son, in our coun­try, cit­rus fruits are con­sid­ered to be an indis­pens­able source of vit­a­mins, pri­mar­i­ly vit­a­min C. Although, in terms of its con­tent, they are in no way infe­ri­or to sim­ple pota­toes. More­over, pota­toes con­tain even more vit­a­min C per unit mass.

Cit­rus fruits are a use­less prod­uct, and harm­ful in the cold cli­mate of Rus­sia. First of all, for the ner­vous sys­tem and good sleep.

3. Buck­wheat

This cere­al is a tra­di­tion­al com­po­nent of Russ­ian cui­sine. Why it hap­pened so his­tor­i­cal­ly, it does not mat­ter. Much more impor­tant is that buck­wheat has the prop­er­ties of light­ness, dry­ness and cold. That is, all the qual­i­ties to dis­turb the bal­ance of the Wind, and there­fore, to dis­turb sleep. By eat­ing buck­wheat, you pre­vent your­self from sleep­ing nor­mal­ly.

4. Skimmed dairy prod­ucts

Adver­tise­ments for low-fat yogurt and oth­er fer­ment­ed milk prod­ucts have com­plete­ly con­fused many peo­ple. For some rea­son, they began to be con­sid­ered ben­e­fi­cial to health. But these are very harm­ful prod­ucts. And first of all, for the ner­vous sys­tem.

All low-calo­rie foods are, in prin­ci­ple, harm­ful to the nerves. Any rough, dry food low in fat and car­bo­hy­drates leads to sleep dis­tur­bance, pro­vokes neu­rot­ic dis­or­ders.

Sour-milk prod­ucts with low fat con­tent have a cool­ing effect and hit the ner­vous sys­tem, caus­ing ener­gy deple­tion of the body. Con­stant weak­ness, lethar­gy, loss of strength and even drowsi­ness that occur against the back­ground of such nutri­tion do not at all serve to improve sleep. A per­son con­stant­ly wants to sleep, but can­not fall asleep. And the dream becomes rest­less, dis­turb­ing, super­fi­cial, with fre­quent awak­en­ings.

What foods are good for sleep?

Not all cool­ing prod­ucts are equal­ly harm­ful to the ner­vous sys­tem and sleep. Some of them can even be use­ful, but only hot and always with the addi­tion of spices.

Spices are the best friends of the ner­vous sys­tem and the best means for a good sleep. For exam­ple, milk is a cool­ing prod­uct. But if you drink it hot with the addi­tion of a pinch of nut­meg, and for a greater warm­ing effect also with a pinch of cin­na­mon, you get one of the best reme­dies for insom­nia. You need to drink it half an hour before going to bed (about 200 ml).

Pota­toes also belong to the cool­ing prod­ucts. But in com­bi­na­tion with gar­lic, ghee, nut­meg, it becomes use­ful.

For good sleep, food should be oily, high-calo­rie, sweet (but no sug­ar, as it cools). These are fish, lamb, pump­kin, duck, turkey, goose and oth­er poul­try meat, seafood, nuts, seeds, gar­lic, onions, car­rots. Ghee is very use­ful for a good sleep.

By Yraa

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