Feeling a little irritated and groggy today, but do not know the reason? Umm, we are sure it has something to do with what you ate last night. Thinking how stupid are we? While it’s a well-known fact that you shouldn’t be slamming coffee and sweets right before hitting the hay, it turns out a lot of healthy foods may also be preventing you from getting those sleep.
Read on to know 10 things you should not have at night to
avoid that gloomy day later.
It has been proven that certain veggies are better when eaten at lunch. Cruciferous vegetables—like broccoli and cauliflower—are filled with a lot of vitamins, but they also carry a large amount of insoluble fiber, which takes a lot time to digest. If you eat these veggies before bed, then your body will still be working on digesting it while you sleep, which will, in turn, keep you from getting a comfortable night of sleep.
Even if you know that you should avoid coffee and strong tea, you should also cut down on the sneakier sources of caffeine, like chocolate. Dark chocolate, in particular, has a significant punch of caffeine. If you just want to nibble on a piece of chocolate, it is fine. But an entire brick of chocolate could have just as much caffeine as a soda.
Fatty foods as all might know as tough on your heart and also disrupt your sleep. High-fat foods and disrupts your natural body clock. Having fatty foods right before bed can also lead to a general feeling of discomfort, making falling asleep tricky.
Turning up the heat is a well-known trigger for heartburn, especially if you lie down shortly after ingesting that fiery dish. Spicy food cause a change in body temperature, which can confuse the brain, as core temperature naturally dips as bedtime approaches.
Even if you already know to steer clear of spicy foods, fatty foods and heavy meals before bed, there are some more surprising causes of heartburn, like citrus, that also increase the stomach’s acidity, and can keep you up at night.
Tomato sauce is another veggie-based favorite to avoid. It has high acidity which often causes morning-after heartburn and indigestion. You can still eat a bowl of spaghetti for dinner, but it is best to eat it at least 3 hours before going to bed.
We’ve all heard it before: soda is really just not good for you. Despite its scary side effects, it’s also awful for falling asleep. It’s full-on sugar, which leaves you wide awake, and has even been connected to restless sleep.
You might want to rethink that late-night order for pizza… for a lot of reasons. That cheesy topping might give you nightmares. The acidic tomato sauce can lead to tummy aches and 2 a.m. trips to the bathroom. But still crazy pizza eaters around the globe.
Citrus fruits are very acidic, and that’s problematic if you have reflux or a sensitive bladder. Try eating a whole piece of fruit, such an apple, instead.
It seems counterintuitive, but drinking too much water before bed is likely to interrupt your sleeping pattern for bed. That’s because water = urination, and you’re most likely going to want to get up and out of bed in order to do that.
Try to avoid these 10 things to have a good night’s sleep.