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Foods To Avoid For a Better Night’s Sleep


Like me; some of you may have insomnia or give in to late-night food cravings. But did you know that these two things may very well go hand-in-hand?
There are foods that we should stay away from at least 3 hours before we hit the sack if we want a good night’s sleep and here they are:


1. Dark Chocolate (it breaks my heart as I am typing this).  Certain dark chocolates, such as Hershey’s Bliss Dark Chocolate, have as much as 25 to 38 percent of the amount of caffeine found in a standard cup of coffee. That’s enough to keep a few people up tossing and turning.

The darker the chocolate; the more caffeine we are consuming.

2. Steak. Yep. Steak. Aside from raising cholesterol, fatty foods that are high in protein, like steak, digest slowly and may disrupt our Circadian rhythm if eaten close to bedtime. What’s more, high-fat, high-protein diets have also been linked to sleep apnea, which can leave you tired and irritable throughout the next day.

3. Alcohol. Studies have shown that while alcohol can help you fall asleep faster, it negatively affects your sleep cycle by reducing the amount of SWS and REM sleep – both of which are responsible for helping to repair and restore the mind and body – you receive per night.

4. Spicy Food. Lying down after eating a heavy, spice-laden meal can result in heartburn and a restless night. Studies have found that eating spicy food prior to bedtime not only reduces the overall amount of sleep a person gets, but also raise core body temperature, which has been linked to poor sleep quality.

5. Decaf Coffee. People who drink coffee on a regular basis may think that it’s best to switch to decaf in the evenings but studies have shown that decaffeinated coffee contains enough caffeine to disrupt sleep, particularly for those who are caffeine sensitive.

6. Broccoli or Cauliflower. Some roughage like broccoli and cauliflower contain tryptophan, which actually helps the body produce serotonin and regulates sleep. However, eaten too close to bedtime, vegetables with high amounts of slow-to-digest fiber can keep your body working well into the night while you’re trying to get some shuteye.

7. French Fries. High-fat foods like French fries can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. Indulging in one or two fries before bed may not be enough to keep you awake, but eating an entire serving may push your digestive system into overdrive not to mention give you a bad case of heartburn — both of which are enough to prevent a good night of dreaming.

8.  Chili. With the hot sauce, beans, beef, and spices; Chili is a five-alarm recipe for sleep disaster if you eat it close to bedtime. Hot sauce-induced heartburn and a disgruntled tummy thanks to the beans and beef will keep you from getting all of those precious 40 winks.


(Information taken from Grandparents Magazine)


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