Previously writing a list of food that makes us sleep better, a good topic to continue this is the opposite of it, what should we not eat? With that, I have done my research on what should not be eaten to get a good night’s sleep.
Here’s a list of potential tempting, delicious yet BAD food when it comes to getting a good shut-eye.
- Fried Foods
Fried food like French fries and potato chips are stuffed in fat! They also take twice time to digest. If you go to bed after consuming fried food, you will probably have difficulty falling to sleep due to stomach pains, cramping and acid reflux.
- Ice Cream
Ice cream can be full of high amounts of fat which is digested at a much slower rate especially before bed. It also contains a lot of sugar which can keep you up. Even if you are trying to gain some weight, don’t eat ice cream late at night.
Alcohol of any kind is awful for sleep. It’s a universal myth that a great amount of alcohol can help you sleep better. Yes, alcohol does make you drowsy and lethargic, but it doesn’t give you a refreshing sleep. It can lead to very bad dehydration. The next day the bags under your eyes and the throbbing headache from hangover will show you that alcohol is one of the worst things to consume before sleep. You should be aware that alcohol can lead to insomnia, depression and weight gain worse in the long run.
Chocolate isn’t just higher in sugar and fat content than other late-night snacks. It also contains caffeine.
- All kind of chocolate, that is. NOT EVEN DARK CHOCOLATE.
Dark chocolate has been about for its nutrional benefits as it really is laced with antioxidants, but remember this: Enjoying a chunk of dark chocolate should be at daytime. Dark chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine that will keep you up.
Pizza is ranked as one of the most craved food by almost everyone in the world, especially those dieters out there. If you are going to have a cheat meal, only take a slice or two, that’s earlier than 9 PM. Pizza contains far too many calories to have this close to bedtime; what’s worse, you’ll get an added dose of both carbohydrates and a large amount of saturated fat which will just sit in your stomach as you toss and turn at night.
Pasta is a fast and effortless fix for those craving a quick bite before bed, but it’s not your ultimate nighttime snack. Those calories will be highly prone to settle around your waist. Pastas are straight carbohydrates, for your information.
These 7 foods should be best avoided at night. Calories consumed before bed cause no more weight gain than calories consumed at other times. While eating a healthy, balanced snack can help you relax and sleep, overeating and eating certain foods before turning in can cause several problems.
Why do even get hungry at night anyway?
It’s because we don’t get enough during the day.
Getting a good night sleep is important for everyone, and no one will disagree. It helps us re-energize from long, tiring days, rebuild our muscles from intense workouts, and relax our mind from the stresses of daily living. Eating before bed can have negative effects on our sleep quality.
If you cannot stand the hunger at night, don’t lose hope just yet. You can refer to my article about good food before bed. Yep, they exist.
Do you have any experiences with eating at night? What kind of food do you usually eat?
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