You are tired from work, you are exhausted from personal chores, you even went out with your friends and you thought the activities you had for the day are enough to put you to a good night rest. But surprisingly, you are wrong. You are staring at your bedroom ceiling for hours and you still can’t sleep. What seems to be the problem? It could be stress, it could be your usage of mobile phones before going to bed, or it could be the food you just ate.
Yes, the food that we take can greatly affect our sleeping habits. It is important that you know which ones to avoid. We would not even emphasize the importance of sleeping because we all know it! Instead, we will give you a quick list of food you have to limit, or even skip most especially if it is nearing your bedtime.
What you should not eat to get better sleep
Less-obvious foods with caffeine
We know that caffeine from coffee is not really a perfect match if you want to sleep. However, there are foods and drinks which have caffeine, and you don’t even realize it. We have cola, tea, and chocolates to name a few.
Eating foods high in fat can also slow down digestion. This may cause indigestion or bloating, both are a contributing factor for a lack of sleep.
Foods high in protein
Eating foods high in protein is ideal during the day. But let’s skip it before bedtime. Remember, foods high in protein are harder to digest and it has tyrosine. Tyrosine is an amino acid that makes our brain more active. And we all know what happens when our brains are active, right? Sleepless night!
You might think that this should not be included in the list. But just so you know, alcohol should be avoided before bedtime. Yes, you can sleep faster, but the quality of sleep is not going to be great. Drinking before bedtime might result to waking up in the middle of the night, headache, and night sweats. It is ideal that you drink lots of water if you wish to have an alcoholic drink for the day.
Spicy meals before bedtime can cause heartburn, which obviously can temporarily prevent you from sleeping.
If you can’t avoid these foods, make sure to consume them 6 hours before bedtime. Also, remember not to eat a lot at night. Doing so will give your digestive system a hard time and it can directly affect your sleep because you to tend to become uneasy and uncomfortable. Heavy meals can lead to multiple bathroom, and that disrupts one’s sleep.
And which foods or drinks should you have instead? Here is a quick rundown.
The foods mentioned above are filled with tryptophan, which is a substance well-known for enhancing good sleep.
The next time that you choose your meal at night, be smarter. After all, you can still have a hearty steak the next day.