Worst Foods To Eat At Night

You probably have a list of all the reasons why you didn't get a decent night's sleep on both hands. Your companion is snoring. Your workday's stress. There is too much light coming in through your window. Examining the blue light emitted by your screens.

However, there is another important reason why you may not be sleeping as well as you should – the meals you eat before bedtime. While most individuals don't mind a short bedtime snack, the foods you eat can have an impact on your sleep. You already know not to drink coffee late at night, but coffee isn't the only offender when it comes to sleep problems and food. Look at the list of the 11 worst things to consume before going to bed.

1. Alcohol

It may appear like a few beers, glasses of wine or a nightcap will help you fall asleep. However, there are three compelling reasons to avoid drinking alcohol, particularly in excess, before going to bed. While alcohol may help you fall asleep, it also disrupts your regular sleep pattern later in the night. This has the potential to reduce the amount of restorative REM sleep you obtain.

Alcohol relaxes all of the muscles in the body, exacerbating obstructive sleep apnea and loud snoring.

Alcohol also affects the esophageal sphincter, which is a muscle. When it relaxes, it causes acid reflux.

2. Dried Fruit

Dried fruit contains a lot of fiber and sugar, both of which might cause a hyperactive digestive system right before bed. Fiber offers so many fantastic health advantages, but if you're chowing down on dried fruit late at night, you may wind up with a bit too much fiber too quickly, which can lead to gas and bloating, which will certainly keep you up at night. Instead, limit yourself to a small serving of fresh fruit, such as a tiny apple or a cup of berries.

3. Foods With High Water Content

Getting up to use the restroom might seriously disrupt your sleep. Of course, drinking enough water is crucial for being healthy, but you don't want to wake up in the middle of the night with a full bladder. It is advisable to avoid foods with high water content, even if they are healthful. Celery, watermelon, and cucumbers are examples.

4. Foods That Are Hard To Digest

Fibrous foods like beans and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are both difficult on your stomach because they contain indigestible carbohydrates like olgiosaccharides and raffinose, which can produce bloating and gassiness when consumed in large quantities. That's not to suggest they're harmful to you; they just demand a little more effort from your gastrointestinal tract to break them down.

5. High Sugar Cereals

Before bed, any complex oats (such as a fast bowl of fruit topped with oatmeal) can aid with sleep, but any grains, cereals, muffins, or granola with too much sugar can be stimulating, making it difficult to fall asleep. Instead of sugary cereals, seek ones with reduced sugar content and some fiber. You'll be able to settle your stomach without all of the added sugar and refined grains.

6. Chocolate

While chocolate is a popular late-night snack, it does contain caffeine. Caffeine can be stimulating, so if you're sensitive, you should avoid it. Many people like dark chocolate since it is lower in sugar and richer in antioxidants, but it is also higher in caffeine, so individuals sensitive to it may have difficulty falling asleep if they consume it at this time.

7. Acidic Foods

Another cause of acid reflux is, unsurprisingly, a very acidic diet. Citrus juice, raw onion, white wine, and tomato sauce can all disrupt sleep by exacerbating heartburn. That is why you may come to regret eating a slice of pizza before going to bed.

8. Spicy Foods

Anyone who suffers from heartburn is aware that spicy foods can cause trouble at night. There is even additional reason to avoid them. To sleep, your body temperature should naturally be lower; yet, hot peppers might raise your body temperature. Feeling heated can cause you to stay awake longer. If you like spicy cuisine, try eating it for breakfast or lunch instead of dinner.

9. Ice Cream

Dairy products might be problematic for some people if they cause stomach distress. Even if you don't mind dairy, ice cream isn't the finest late-night snack. It's heavy, fatty, and may sit like a stone in your stomach, keeping you awake.

10. Fatty Foods

Because of the fat content, the late-night burger and fries are likely disrupting your sleep. Fatty foods take longer and are more difficult to digest, so you wind up trying to sleep while your digestive system is still working. Bloating caused by high-fat foods does not help either. Say no to those pre-bedtime nachos — and, yes, most pizza varieties are also on the list.

11. Energy Drinks

You're unlikely to start downing energy drinks like Red Bull or Five-Hour Energy right before night, but keep in mind that some energy drinks can take up to eight hours to wear off for some people. That means the additional liquid energy you consumed to carry you through the afternoon at work could still be roaring through your system as you try to sleep at night. If you're having trouble sleeping, try cutting off caffeine at midday and see if it helps.

12. Chips

Chips aren't only high in fat, they're also greasy. Furthermore, research shows that eating oily foods (combined with sugary snacks and dairy products) before bedtime can cause nightmares. This implies that you will not only have difficulty going asleep due to digestion troubles, but you may also wake up uncomfortably during the night. Instead, save those Pringles and Kettle Chips for lunch or an afternoon snack.

But don't be concerned. Giving up late-night snacks does not mean you have to give up your bedtime snack. Instead, choose healthful, sleep-friendly snacks. Chicken noodle soup, warm milk, chamomile tea, and fruit, such as bananas, kiwis, and cherries, are all good options for giving you that snug, full feeling without disrupting your sleep.

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