Lots of us occasionally have trouble getting to sleep. There are all sorts of reasons for this. But have you ever thought it was the bedtime snack?
Most of know that drinks containing caffeine might keep us awake. But fatty or greasy foods can stand in the way of your rest.
We have identified some foods which should be avoided before bed. And some of these foods are painful to give up.
This is a painful one for us in The Bachelor’s Kitchen. We love a bowl of ice cream at night. Many of us do. It just seems to hit the spot. It’s loaded with sugar and fat. There’s no chance to burn any of that off before going to sleep. Also, high sugar foods can cause nightmares.
This comes as no surprise. All that sugar is bound to keep you awake and your body vibrating. As we just mentioned, lots of sugar before bed can cause nightmares.
Not only does this substance have a lot of sugar, it also has caffeine. It contains another stimulant, called theobromine, which can make your heart race. Not what you want when you’re trying to get to sleep.
Whether this food keeps you up depends on what cereal you choose. A healthy, low sugar cereal can answer that craving without filling you with sugar.
High-Protein Foods Like Meat
Your body uses protein to make repairs and grow tissues. Hitting a big piece of red meat before bed is just adding fuel to the fire. Your body will try to make use of that building material and keep your metabolism at full speed all night. That will not help you sleep. However, eating meat earlier WILL help you sleep. You know how some people get sleepy after eating turkey. That’s good. Just not right before bed.
Obviously, pasta is made of mostly carbohydrates, which your body uses as full. Like red meat, it will keep your body working, which will keep you awake. Usually, only those who work hard in the evening, like cooks and wait staff, can handle all those carbs before bedtime.
A slice or two might sound like a good idea if you’re hungry. But it’s terrible for you, especially right before going to bed. While you might think having a full stomach will help you drift off but, like meat and pasta, it will only force your body to keep processing the food, which will make it difficult to stay asleep once that processing is finished.
The last three items on our list are probably surprises to most people. They might not be foods you would think would interrupt your sleep.
Celery is a natural diuretic. What that means is it’s going to make you pee a bit more than usual. Diuretics elevate the rate of urination because they push water through the system. So that means that if you’re dipping into too much celery right before bed, your body might wake you out of your slumber for a pee break. But most only vegetables are full of nutrients and are good to eat anytime.
You might want to avoid garlic before bed if you’re sleeping with a partner, but it’s best avoided for reasons besides bad breath. Garlic is known as a “hot herb,” and, along with spicy food, it tends to have some properties in it that can cause heartburn. If you have a weak stomach or are vulnerable to acid reflux, the last thing you want to do is light the fire right before you lie down to rest.
There’s a general belief that copious amounts of alcohol puts you into a deep daze and produces great sleep, but that’s not fully accurate. While alcohol does help you get to sleep, it doesn’t lead to long-lasting and refreshing rest. Alcohol actually interferes with the restorative functions of sleep, often paving the way for shallow sleep and several awakenings throughout the night. On top of that, people who regularly use alcohol to fall asleep develop a dependency on it, which creates a frustrating cycle.
Best to finish eating anything about three hours before bedtime. If you must have a snack, try a piece of fruit, some nuts or raw veggies.