Top 3 Foods that lead to Anxiety and Sleep Disorders

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These foods could be the underlying cause of your insomnia and panic attacks.

Do you feel anxious, or worst, experience panic attacks? Or, have you seen a rise in sleeping issues like insomnia, difficulty falling asleep or getting a disturbed sleep? While you may find meditation or medical help as your rescue plan however before you seek professional help in dealing with anxiety and sleep disorders, you must analyze what you eat. Certain common foods and substances can lead to strong nervous stimulation and spiked insulin levels in the body, which could be the underlying cause of your health troubles.

Let us cite top 3 worst foods and substances that when taken beyond moderation can affect your central nervous system as resolutely as an extremely stressful life event and you must shed these foods to spot how your health condition improves.

1. Fermented & Aged foods

Fermented and aged foods like steak, salami, some forms of cheese, red wine, pickles, etc are fermented and aged to let them develop the flavor that tastes great. However, during the process of fermentation, these foods also develop histamine – a neurotransmitter that can exacerbate our hormonal, digestive and cardiovascular health besides stimulating our nervous system, thereby causing anxiety and sleep issues.

2. Alcohol and Caffeine

You may argue that alcohol helps you to fall sleep after a stressful day; however, the reality is that as soon as alcohol leaves your bloodstream it gives your body moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms that interfere with your sleep quality and anxiety levels. Caffeine on the other hand, blocks adenosine receptors in the brain that otherwise promote sleep. The worst part is, caffeine doesn’t leave your bloodstream even after 5 hours of its consumption as compared to alcohol that usually wears off after 2 hours per shot.

3. Refined Sugar & Refined Carbohydrates

Well, by this age, all of us know how refined sugar and refined carbohydrates wreak havoc on our blood sugar levels affecting our mood, concentration and energy levels. With a sudden spike in blood sugar levels, follows a substantial release of insulin. To save the blood sugar from dipping, hormones like cortisol and adrenaline rush, overwhelming our brain and nervous system. Thereby, consuming colas, concentrated juices, doughnuts, cakes, white-bread etc, pushes you towards a viscous cycle of anxiety.

  • First Published: February 9, 2018, 15:36 IST
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