7 Foods That Will RUIN Your Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of human life. It’s a time for your body to relax, rest, and recuperate. What if we told you something simple may be disrupting your sleep? Food. Food is also an essential part of life, but it may be harming you in ways you never realized. Here are the top 7 foods that can ruin your sleep!

Alcohol

Who doesn’t like a Hot Toddy or a simple glass of whisky before drifting off to dreamland? Well, this nightcap may be doing more harm than good to your sleep. The best and most restorative sleep happens during the REM part of your sleep cycle (you can learn more about the sleep cycle here). Consuming alcohol before can interrupt this sleep leaving you tired and bleary-eyed in the morning.

Spicy Food

If you’ve ever had spicy food like ramen or chili a little too close to bedtime, you know that the consequences can be great. The likelihood of getting heartburn is much higher, leading to what will most likely be a night of tossing and turning. Leave the spice for the day time!

Fried Food

Like we said previously, the sleep cycle is incredibly important to getting a full, restful night of sleep. This means anything that interrupts this cycle is likely to leave you feeling tired even after 8 hours of sleep. Unfortunately, no matter how delicious fried foods are, they are not your friend when it comes to sleeping. They slow your digestive system, interfering with your sleep pattern. Fried foods are not your friend!

Steak

A delicious, tender, juicy steak may make for a decadent meal, but eat it too close to bedtime and you could be looking at a long night of digestion. Your body is a machine, breaking down the foods you eat, utilizing the energy and nutrients, and storing fat. Red meat tends to be high in both protein and fat, meaning your body has to work much harder to digest it. Your body will have a hard time shutting down for bed if it’s still trying to.

Tomatoes

Sufferers of gastric reflux beware, tomatoes could be your worst nightmare! Tomatoes are incredibly acidic fruits, usually earning a pH score of under 4.6. Though delicious in many dishes, they are not recommended before bedtime due to their ability to cause heartburn.

Dark Chocolate

You’ve probably heard that dark chocolate is an antioxidant powerhouse, increasing blood flow and helping your heart. However, it’s not the best tool for sleep. Though a little chocolate before bed might sound like a treat, dark chocolate contains caffeine which studies have shown that those who are more sensitive to caffeine may be affected.

Soda

Soda is a bad bedtime drink for similar reasons to chocolate. Caffeinated drinks wake up your brain, making it much more difficult for you to fall asleep. 

You might be thinking, “I’ll just pick a soda that’s lower in caffeine” — not so fast! The sugar levels in soda act in the same way. And if you’re hypersensitive to sugar, it may make the sugar crash more intense. Best to stick to water or tea in the evenings.

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Monet Moore

Written by Monet Moore