There are many factors that can affect your sleep quality. Things like the temperature of the room, the brightness and outside noise all play a role in how well you sleep at night. If you’re like me, you’re a grump if you don’t get enough sleep, so controlling these factors is important. There’s another important factor that often gets overlooked. The food you eat before bed can either help or hurt you when it comes to getting your zzz’s on. Foods high in fat, protein and sodium can keep you tossing and turning, while other foods can basically tuck you in at night. For a good night’s rest, check out this list of foods to eat and foods to avoid before bedtime!
Foods to Avoid Before Bed
Chicken is full of protein, which is great, unless it’s bed time. The large amount of protein in chicken can slow down digestion by as much as 50%! Eating chicken before bed can keep your body working hard to digest your food, making it difficult for you to fall asleep.
- Dark Chocolate
Chocolate contains caffeine, which is not something you want to eat right before bedtime. The caffeine and the theobromine in chocolate both work to stimulate the nervous system. This can cause an increased heart rate, making it difficult to fall asleep.
Most people have a love-hate relationship with spicy food. If you like your spices, eat them earlier in the day instead of at night. Spicy food, no matter how delicious, can cause heartburn. Darn you, jalepenos!
A Bacon Cheeseburger
We all know that a fast food cheeseburger is far from a healthy meal, but did you know that it can affect your sleep? Bacon, although delicious, contains a large amount of fat. Fat stimulates the production of stomach acid, which can cause heartburn. Unless you want to wake up with heartburn in the middle of the night, skip the bacon cheeseburger for dinner!