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7 Foods To Never Eat Before Bedtime

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these foods must be avoided before bedtime to have better sleep

Some people feel sleepy after a meal but that’s not always true. Eating some foods can make people take longer to doze off. Want to know which are causing you trouble sleeping? Read on!

Foods To Avoid Before Bedtime:

Certain foods take longer to digest and can interfere with your sleep, most times even adding some extra pounds on your body. Also commonly known facts are that stimulants like coffee and energy drinks can disrupt sleep. Here are some foods you should avoid consuming before you go to sleep.

1. Water

Hydrating is great but before bedtime it’s a nuisance. Make sure all your hydrating is done in the day time when the body is perspiring. When you sleep your body barely does any work to break a sweat so drinking water before sleep is just another reason to feel uncomfortable throughout your sleep and wake up to pee.

2. Coffee

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People drink coffee to stay awake and remain alert. Coffee contains caffeine, which is a common stimulant that is also found in many carbonated drinks. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system even several hours after consuming it. People who are sensitive to caffeine find it difficult to sleep if they have consumed coffee before bedtime. As the stimulating effects of caffeine’s may last well beyond eight hours, avoid drinking coffee after lunchtime. Even diet soda and other energy drinks containing caffeine must be avoided in the evenings.

3. High-Protein And High-Fat Dinner

Some foods are easily digested while high-protein and high-fat foods take a long time to digest. Although such foods may keep you feeling full for a longer duration, research shows that eating a high-protein dinner before bedtime can result in sleep disturbances. A protein-rich meal contributes less tryptophan, the amino acid which is a precursor to serotonin. The ratio of lower tryptophan levels to other large amino acids increases serotonin, a hormone that has a calming effect on the body.

4. Acidic Foods

Acidic and spicy foods tend to cause acid reflux. Common symptoms of acid reflux include burning sensation in the back of the throat or in the chest. Reflux causes some of the contents of your stomach to bubble up into the esophagus and the throat. Lying down only worsens the problem. Spices like cayenne and Tabasco get their metabolism-boosting properties from capsaicin, which may trigger heartburn in sensitive people. Spicy or fried foods and tomato-based sauces are all very acidic and best avoided during dinner.

5. Alcohol

Though alcohol can help you fall asleep sooner, it prevents deep, restorative sleep later in the night. Research has shown that alcohol can disturb your normal sleep rhythm.  A glass of wine before bed is known to help relax you and make you fall asleep faster. But, it actually prevents your body from achieving its REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle, which is where deep, restful sleep and dreaming takes place. So, it’s best to avoid alcohol consumption at least a few hours before you go to bed.

6. Chocolate

As delicious as they may sound, chocolates also can give you sleepless nights. Be it chocolate cakes or cookies, they all contain plenty of sugar, which can affect your sleep. Besides sugar, most chocolates may also contain small quantities of caffeine. But, even these small amounts of caffeine can disturb or halt the sleep-inducing chemical processes in your brain and body before bedtime. Though different chocolate bars contain varying amounts of caffeine, an average 2-ounce, 70 percent dark chocolate bar contains around 79 mg of caffeine, which is more than half of what’s in an 8-ounce cup of coffee.

7. Pizza

Cravings or hunger, whatever be your reason, a midnight visit to the kitchen to fulfill it is the perfect practice to gain weight! To begin with, pizza contains cheese and tomato sauce, both of which have been proven to affect sleep. The combination of fat in the cheese and the acid in the tomato sauce together have a negative effect on sleep quality. Foods that are acidic can trigger acid reflux, especially when consumed just before bedtime.


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