If you’re craving for a bedtime snack, beware what you put in your mouth! While some foods can actually help your sleep, many others can disrupt your sleep, causing nightmares, an irritated tummy, insomnia and sleep-interrupting trips to the bathroom. If you are going to hit the fridge or kitchen before you hit the sack, here are eight things you should never, ever grab:
Cheese is a fatty food so it doesn’t do your waistlines any favours if you eat it before bed. Another reason to avoid it? Cheese may give you nightmares, according to a recent study.
2. Spicy Food
Spicy foods do more than stimulate your taste buds — they also can irritate your stomach (particularly problematic if you’re prone to heartburn), which can make it harder to fall asleep or stay asleep.
Certain flavours of chocolate are high in fat and it also contains caffeine and a lesser-known stimulant called theobromine, essentially making it a triple whammy.
4. Citrus Food
A glass of orange juice or a green apple are your worst choices before bedtime because they’re highly acidic and can make your stomach churn in the dead of the night. Eeep!
While some people seem able to down a late-night espresso without losing a wink of sleep, most are not so lucky. If caffeine affects your sleep, try not to have any later than six hours before bedtime.
Despite the fact that nuts generally contain a healthy dose of unsaturated fats, they should be avoided before bed as they can cause you to sleep poorly. Cashews, walnuts, macadamias and peanuts are the worst, while pistachios and almonds aren’t quite so bad.
7. Fizzy Drinks
Between the bubbles and the possible caffeine, soda is a no-no before bedtime. And if it’s regular — not diet — soda, it’s chock-full of sugar, which is super-stimulating. Sugar is also linked to shallower, less restful sleep.
While a glass or two of wine might initially make you sleepy, alcohol actually disrupts your natural sleep patterns. Regularly consuming alcohol (especially before bedtime) can worsen your sleep quality and make you pee a lot!
(Text by bauersyndication.com.au / Additional reporting by Natalya Molok)