From early birds to night owls, we all can agree that when we finally lay our heads on the pillow we’d like to actually go to sleep. Nothing is more annoying than insomnia, and the evidence is piling up that sleep is essential for good health.
Although the research is a bit spotty when it comes to which foods help or harm sleep, anecdotal evidence does suggest that certain items consumed right before bedtime are more likely to be “sleep promoters” while others may be “sleep stealers”.
It can be difficult, however, to know what the best choice is when it comes to bedtime snacks. Obviously, if it’s getting close to bedtime, you don’t want to compromise your quality of sleep, and there are so many things that, if you eat them too close to bedtime, can really hold you back from getting a good night’s sleep.
And believe it or not, what you eat before bed (and when you eat it) can have a serious impact on your sleep quality .
The nutrients your body gets from this meal can also help keep your metabolism going and help with digestion.
The problem is that many people make mistakes when it comes to choosing the foods they eat at night and so they overload their body and keep it from doing what it needs to do.
As a result, they have a higher risk of sleep disorders and metabolic issues due to the changes caused in the activity of certain hormones.
In addition, oftentimes things like acid reflux are produced, and the pain keeps the person from sleeping well.
That’s why it’s so important to learn what foods shouldn’t be eaten late in the day, and to find light, healthy dinner alternatives to replace them.
Red meat is full of protein and fat that tends to make your digestive system have to work harder.
Cheese, whether alone or with other food, shouldn’t be eaten at night due to the reactions it causes in your body.
It contains an amino acid known as tyramine, which gets absorbed by your body and reduces the production of hormones that regulate sleep.
Any kind of candy or sweets made with refined sugar can affect your sleep, especially if you have them right before bed.
They increase your blood sugar levels and since they’re not being used as a source of energy, they slow down your metabolism.
They also have an effect on your brain that can increase your stress and cause nightmares.
Over time, drinking carbonated beverages can affect your metabolism.
The problem is worse when you drink them at night, as they increase your blood glucose and cause trouble sleeping.
Brassicas like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts might not be the best thing to load up on before you head to bed. These veggies can interfere with your ability to sleep soundly because you’re likely still digesting them while trying to fall asleep, which tends to be less than comfortable. Eat those good-for-you veggies earlier in the day, so your body has time to digest them before you lay down for the night.