There are certain high-calorie foods which work adversely on your body, especially if you take them at night time. How was it when you had that large fatty meal at dinner time?
Did you suffer from a heart burn or a burning sensation in your stomach? Such foods just before going to bed disrupts your sleep and gives you indigestion. EHC strongly advises to eat light before going to bed instead of a heavy meal.
Midnight snack is another villain. We have all had late nights and the thought of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a plate of cookies and milk seem like the perfect solution to getting a good night’s sleep. But there are some foods that health experts say you should avoid for your health. Studies prove that certain foods have a harder time digesting when you are lying horizontally.
This also does not mean you have to avoid all foods before bed. Eating a light healthy snack or a big meal at least two to three hours before bed should not hurt. Healthier food options like a glass of milk, a small handful of almonds, a bowl of yogurt and berries, or an apple with peanut butter gives you a good sleep and keeps you healthy. However, let’s look at what you should avoid before hitting the bed.
Pasta – There is no doubt of pasta being easy to cook and very filling. But it is a storehouse of carbohydrates. Moreover, pasta cooking is done with lots of cheese and oil. So ultimately it turns into fats when you go to bed. So stay away from it.
Spicy food – Spices cause heartburn and interrupts your sleep. Such foods can lead to indigestion and reflux and result in “sleep fragmentation.” It is recommended to eat heavy or spicy foods at least three hours before bedtime.
Pizza – Nowadays, youngsters, young married couples, children, or working professionals, will not hesitate to have one or two big pieces of pizza as their dinner. But, while you will relish that piece of pizza, know that it is greasy and cheesy, with the ingredients having high levels of acidity, your digestive system finds it difficult to break it down. Because of it you have a bloated stomach, you feel uneasy while sleeping and in due course of time, fat accumulates in the body.
Red meat – Red meat, whether dry fried or gravy, is always yummy. It is storehouse of proteins and iron. But then, if you have it just before bed time, it will prevent you from a deep, relaxing and refreshing sleep.
Dark chocolate – Doctors have always considered dark chocolate to be good for your brain and memory. But there is no doubt that it is a high-calorie food. So eating dark chocolates before bedtime is not recommended. A small or a big piece of chocolate may work as a dessert for you, but being rich in caffeine and other stimulants, it will make you more active, putting your mind to work, rather than allowing you to have a peaceful night.
Certain vegetables – Certain vegetables like onions, broccoli or cabbage include high amounts of insoluble fiber in them. Consuming such vegetables at night make you feel full for a long time and they cause excessive flatulence.
Alcohol – Drinking alcohol before bed reduces your night sleep as it causes night sweats, making you wake up repeatedly. It is very high in calories as well.
Cheeseburgers – Just like pasta and pizza, cheeseburgers are also high calorie, fatty foods. They increase the natural production of acid in the stomach. You suffer from heartburn during the night.
Chilly sauce – Chilly is healthy when taken with other ingredients. But if you plan to go to bed soon, then do not consume chilly sauce. Chilly sauce is filled with proteins and slow-burning carbohydrates and it is a high-calorie food.
Snacks & chips – Avoid taking processed foods like snacks and chips. These are high calorie foods which contain monosodium glutamate in high amounts. They are linked to sleep disorders as well.
Caffeine – Studies have shown that 30 milligrams of caffeine – about the amount of caffeine in a candy bar – can have alerting effects and disruptive effects on sleep.
Water – Though staying hydrated is healthy, don’t guzzle water at night. Lay off drinks 60 to 90 minutes before sleep.
Starvation – Starvation or excessive hunger causes sleeplessness and increased activity. If hunger strikes after dinner, try a small snack, such as a mini pack of almonds, an hour before bedtime.
Energy drinks – In reality, most energy drinks are made with caffeine, essential amino acids, and loads of sugar. Rather than give you wings, these ingredients may increase sleepiness after an initial short-lived alerting affect.
Ice cream – Ice cream can increase blood sugar levels that may stimulate the brain to stay awake.
Vegetables – Leafy vegetables green has diuretic properties that can stimulate the body to pee constantly. If you have to go back and forth to the toilet to urinate of course it may interfere with your sleep.