People never tire of strategising how to get a good night's sleep. I wrote Part 1 and Part 2 of Getting A Good Night's Sleep exactly a year ago, and whilst they still hold good for me as ways to get to sleep when I have trouble sleeping, I did want to update the series. I have unexpectedly stumbled upon a strategy that has contributed enormously to my quality of sleep: a better diet.
Somehow, accidentally-on-purpose, I've been following a mostly vegan diet for the past month, and I sleep without any problems at all. Literally, like a baby. This is something that has never ever happened to me in my life. Although, I can put this down to the mostly vegan diet:
- Meat at most once a week
- No milk or cheese
I think the even bigger factor has been:
- Vastly reduced sugar and salt intake
- Vastly reduced caffeine intake
- No rice, pasta or potato (except for sushi, very occasionally)
Not wanting to sound like a new age freak (and excuse me if I do) but there's a whole new world out there beyond sugar, salt and meat. And it's lovely to really look forward to and enjoy a coffee or a caffeinated tea, or a meat dish. Whether we like it or not, most of what we habitually eat is ordinary and average-tasting, and I just got tired of eating things that were not only ordinary and average-tasting but just full of shit to boot. Now, I try different healthy options, and there's a lot out there. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds. Plus, there's the added bonus of getting a good night's sleep.