Foods That Steal a Good Night’s Sleep

By: Bel Marra Health | Brain Function | Friday, October 26, 2012 - 12:52 AM

sleep problemsSleep problems pertain to a wide range of disruptions in patterns of sleeping, such as the inability to sleep, or insomnia, and the grinding of teeth during sleep.  These disruptions may actually interfere with the capacity of a person to rest each night, resulting in a variety of physical and mental health issues that require medical treatment.  For example, a person suffering from insomnia often feels weak during the day because he or she was unable to rest the previous night.  This may also result in an insufficiency in focusing on specific activities during the day, such as operating a machine or motor vehicle and understanding the lesson taught in the classroom.  Insomnia and other types of sleep problems may thus result in poor quality performance and to some extremes, may even cause accidents and death.

Food and Your Sleep Problems

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Physicians and scientists have made extensive efforts in identifying an effective treatment for insomnia and other types of sleep problems.  In the field of medicine, sleep patterns in terms of eye and body movements have been examined, including the extent and frequency of each type of activity during sleep.  In the field of pharmacology, various types of natural and synthetic reagents are currently being screened for their potential as treatment for insomnia.  Currently on the market are over-the-counter formulations for the treatment of the common cold and flu that also allow an individual to sleep through the night amid a runny nose and phlegm production.  Other treatment options include sleeping pills that allow a person to achieve tranquil sleep, although this particular type of treatment may not be helpful if used for a prolonged period of time.

According to a recent medical report in the journal Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience, there may be certain common food items and drinks that increase the likelihood for an individual to develop insomnia.  This informative article presented findings based on a thorough screen of reports released in the past 11 years regarding sleep problems such as insomnia.  The proponents of the study wanted to determine the extent of information that has been published on a common drink that society has been using for a couple of decades, namely the energy drinks that are often used to increase one’s alertness during the day.

Insomnia and Other Sleep Problems

Energy drinks are beverages that were designed to give the consumer a rapid boost in the level of energy, allowing extra strength and alertness during the day.  These energy drinks were initially introduced in Europe in the late 1980’s and were later marketed in the United States in the late 1990’s.  These beverages contain high amounts of caffeine, which is a stimulating alkaloid derived from the coffee plant.  Energy drinks also contain L-carnitine, which is responsible in the release of energy from metabolic reactions in the body.

The results of the extensive screen of 838 research reports in the past 11 years showed that energy drinks may serve a person’s need for a rapid treatment or fix to keep awake for a certain event such as examination or gathering, yet the effects of these beverages often stay on until the evening, when a person has completed his or her task and would want to then to sleep and rest.  The use of energy drinks on a more frequent basis may also result in a prolonged effect of wakefulness, which may eventually result in insomnia.

The Medical Report on Insomnia and Foods for Sleep Problems

The authors of the medical report showed that the general use of energy drinks to fulfill the daily tasks at work or school may temporarily help an individual, yet when these beverages are used for an extended period of time, one’s sleep quality may also suffer.  More importantly, the quality of life of the individual may also deteriorate due to the prolonged use of stimulant-rich energy drinks that prevent quality sleep.  Treatment of sleep disorders in an individual who is constantly using energy drinks may also be pointless because this the presence of caffeine in the body may have already imparted some psychological effect on the individual.  It is therefore important to know if a certain lifestyle behavior is influencing one’s quality of sleep each day.

The results of this study show promising results in terms of flu prevention and instilling a viral-free condition in cells and tissues.  It may be possible that in the near future, various other reagents may be mixed with green tea extracts, preventing the inoculation of pathogenic viruses that can cause influenza.  More importantly, the research report shows that the beneficial effects of green tea can be observed in a rapid fashion.

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