Tossing and turning every five minutes, staring at the ceiling for hours wondering what’s cursing your trip to dreamland? Well, it may have something to do with what you just ate. We all are aware that you shouldn’t be drinking coffee and munching on sweets right before hitting the pillow but is that it? Not at all! It turns out a lot of different kinds of foods are the culprits keeping your siesta at bay.
Avoid these foods before sleeping and dozing off will become a much easier task.
Of course they’re healthy, but cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower can give you sleepless nights if consumed late in the day. They have high amounts of fiber which takes forever to digest and that can keep you up. You can still get your veggie intake, but make sure you do it early.
We all love to end the day with a nice bar of dark chocolate. However, it’s not a very good idea if you’re trying to adhere to your bedtime. The caffeine in chocolate increases your alertness and keeps you awake longer than you’d like.
Shouldn’t bacon be enjoyed anytime of the day you want? It’s pure bliss. However these slices of heaven contain tyramine which produces a brain stimulant. Also, too much bacon also leads to an upset tummy. This and the stimulating chemical hiding in every slice are enough to stave off your sleep.
Your favourite packet of chips has a lot do with you tossing and turning on bed. This fatty snack takes extra time to digest, so it’s a poor choice if you’re about to turn off the lights.
Orange juice or in fact any other citric juice is not a good pre-bedtime drink – it’s acidic which is always a bad idea before bed, irrespective of if you suffer from reflux or not. Furthermore, it’s sugary which of course doesn’t help those trying to fall asleep more easily.
A nice, juicy steak sounds appealing and we wouldn’t mind one for dinner. But eating one before bed can throw off your sleep patterns as its high in protein and fat.
If you are planning on ending your day with a fabulous cheesy recipe, it’s a big no. Just like bacon, cheese contains tyramine, which makes you more alert.