Last updated October 29th, 2018
There are nights when one cannot fall asleep. This might be due to the food we ate before sleeping. Here is a list of 8 food items that keep you awake at night:
Sleeping is something which doesn’t only important for your physical health but also necessary for emotional and psychological health. A good night sleep helps you stay happy and healthy. You must have experienced the laziness and grumpiness the next day if you haven’t gotten a good night sleep. Sleep is important, but if you are not getting enough sleep, you should look at your schedule as well as your dietary habits. There a few types of foods which keep you awake at night and if you want to get a sound sleep you should avoid these foods listed below:
1. Foods with Extra Sugar
It is certainly bad news for people with a sweet tooth, but it is a proven fact that sugary drinks, as well as foods containing extra sugar cause sleep deprivation. These include chocolates, cakes, and other even soft drinks. It means that the after dinner treats of chocolate and desserts are a no-no. These foods are also not healthier even if you have a good night sleep. It is highly recommended to avoid these foods, especially when you are off to bed. However, you can get the very small amount of these foods if you really crave for these foods in the earlier part of the day.
2. Foods and Drinks with Caffeine
It is a known fact that caffeine causes sleep deprivation. You should avoid every item containing caffeine like hot chocolate (yes! chocolate contains caffeine), coffee or tea. Some of the people might think why caffeine is bad for sleep; the reason is that caffeine keeps the nerves of central nervous system stimulated even after hours of consuming it. That is the reason, we keep consuming cups and cups of coffee when we try to awake in our exam nights or an urgent office assignment. On the other hand, if you want to get a good night sleep, you should avoid taking caffeinated drinks hours before going to bed.
3. High-Fat Containing Meal
You must have heard about the saying ‘no heavy meals after 5 pm’. This is right for countless health benefits because heavy meals before going to bed can cause many problems and one of them is sleep deprivation. A heavy meal does not only include high fat in it, but a meal with high protein ratio is also as dangerous as a high fat meal. It causes acid reflux and makes you awake at night. It is better to take light meals before going to bed, and if you must take heavy meals, you should take it in lunch. If you want to take a sound sleep, stop eating heavy meals before hitting the sack.
4. Spicy Foods
Your dinner should contain less spicy food as recommended by experts. Pepper and spicy food can increase your metabolism which is good for health. However, consuming spicy foods in the evening can cause many problems like burning and raising body temperature. Our body temperature lowers down when we are about to sleep, and if we eat spicy food, the temperature of the body raises and makes it difficult to sleep. Moreover, burning in your chest makes you wake up and struggle with your sleep. Hence, it is highly recommended to avoid eating spicy food before going to bed.
5. Dairy Products
This might come as a surprise to most of you because warm milk is known to be sleep-inducing. It is true to an extent because of the presence of tryptophan in milk which helps you sleep better. However, according to experts consumption of dairy products makes the mucus viscous and thicker mucus can cause stuffed nasal activity and consequently difficulty in breathing. Difficulty in breathing cause disturbed sleep patterns, and you will stay awake at night. It means
that you should not consume any food which contains dairy products in it so you can have a sound sleep at night.
6. Fried Food
Everyone loves French fries, and we are sorry to break it to you, but any fried food on your table can cause sleep deprivation and disturbed sleep. Moreover, fried foods can cause heartburn and indigestion which keep you waking up at night. Acid reflux is also caused by fried food and other junk food like hamburger. It is highly recommended for people who have sleep deprivation and insomnia to avoid fried food before going to bed.
Alcohol is not exactly a morsel of food but it is a drink, and it can cause sleep problems if you use it in the evening. Consuming alcohol might be a favorite way to call it a day for most of the people, but it is just not appropriate to drink if you plan on getting a sound sleep. Alcohol can cause heartburn and keep you waking up at night. It is necessary to avoid consuming alcohol before going to bed if you want to get a good night sleep.
Eating your greens certainly makes you healthy but eating vegetables which are hard to digest just before bedtime cause disturbance in sleep. Vegetables like Broccoli and Cauliflower makes you sleep better because of the presence of tryptophan in it, but these should not be eaten right before going to bed. These are hard to digest, and in the result, cause disturbed sleep patterns.
According to researches sleep is more important to humans than food and drinks. You can stay alive even if you don’t get enough food, but you can die in fewer days if you are not getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation has also been seen to be associated with hallucination. If you eat the wrong food items before going to bed then you will have difficulty falling asleep as they will keep you awake at night. Every food has its merits and demerits, but you should consider the timing of these foods. It is necessary to eat the right amount of food at the right time. Avoid eating these foods right before going to bed.