10 Foods to Avoid Before Going to Bed
Most of us tend to lose sleep over stressful situations, so our
last meal of the day, should not be one of the reason for our
sleepless nights. What we chose to eat before we go to bed can
drastically affect our sleeping patterns. While, there are some
foods, which can induce sleep, other foods, particularly junk
food or fired food can give us sleepless nights. So if you are
looking for a good night’s rest, here are our top 10 foods to
avoid before bedtime.
Caffeine is a stimulant, which causes an effect on the
brain, which enables people to stay awake. This effect can last
for up to five hours after consumption before its effects wear
off. So unless you want a sleepless night, skip that cup of
coffee after dinner.
You may think that a few glasses of alcohol will put
you to sleep, but the truth is that it will only make you drowsy
or make you pass out. Do not expect to have a good revitalising
sleep after consuming alcohol.
Cola: Many people cannot do without their glass of cola after
dinner. Colas contain sugar and caffeine and will keep you up.
Even if you try to sleep, you may keep waking up to pee as cola
contains no nutritional value and is simply flushed out by the
Most Indian food is spicy and can cause an increase
in the amount of stomach acid, which could result in a burning
feeling in your chest and stomach along with bloating and
uneasiness. So chose a mildly spice meal before bedtime or
ensure that you have your dinner at least three hours before you
go to bed.
Red meat is filled with fats and proteins and takes a
very long time to digest. If you consume red meat before bed,
your body will be busy all night long trying to digest it and
will therefore, cause uneasiness or even cramping. When you go
to bed at night, your body also needs to rest, so avoid eating
red meat before bedtime.
Fried food is an easy way to curb hunger pangs, but
one should know that fried food like chips and French fries are
high in saturated fats and take a long time to digest. When you
try to sleep after consuming junk food, you may feel discomfort
or even cramping. Try a quick veggie snack like raw carrots or
nuts, if you feel hungry before bedtime.
Chocolate bar: Chocolate bars are high in sugar and fat, which
causes a sugar rush and can keep a person up for a long time.
They also contain caffeine that is a known stimulant, which
makes a person stay up longer. So, avoid eating a bar of
chocolate before bedtime.
A piece or several pieces of candy is usually an easy
dessert substitute before bed. But a study published in The
Journal of The Mind and Body, states that seven out of ten
people have nightmares after consuming junk food like candy bars
because they act like a trigger to create nightmarish brain
waves. So, avoid eating candy and other hard boiled sweets
Ice-cream may be comfort food, but it can have an
adverse effect when consumed just before bed. Ice-cream contains
fat, which is not easily digested. It also has a lot of sugar
that makes you stay up late. To top it off, there are studies
which show that consuming sugary foods before bedtime can cause
nightmares and disrupt sleeping patterns.