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11 foods you should never eat before bed

Food can improve sleep and harm sleep.

In fact, our diets have a huge influence on our sleep health.

Today I want to share a list of 11 foods you want to avoid eating late at night if you're suffering from insomnia. Some of the foods that make this list are healthy - you just want to avoid eating them shortly before bed.

As always, speak with your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

Oats

When eaten at night, their high fiber content can lead to digestive system irritation.

Vegetables

Leafy greens are natural diuretics which can result in you waking during the night to use the bathroom. Other vegetables such as cabbage and beans can be difficult for the body to digest.

Ice Cream

Sugar and carbohydrates act as a stimulant - the last thing you need when trying to relax and fall asleep!

Curries

Capsaicin (the active component of chili peppers) can irritate the stomach, act as a stimulant and harm sleep by raising your body temperature.

Fruit

The sugar in fruit acts as a stimulant and can lead to irregular sleeping patterns.

Cakes

The combination of carbohydrate and sugar found in treats such as cakes and cookies make it harder for the body to relax.

Red Meat

When eaten too close to bedtime, red meat will not be digested properly. Alternative late-night proteins can include turkey or yogurt.

Pizza

Along with other greasy, fatty foods, pizza places a lot of stress on the stomach - especially when eaten shortly before bed. The cheese and tomato toppings found on pizzas are often acidic, making heartburn more likely.

Dark Chocolate

Caffeine is a key ingredient in dark chocolate, which contains a number of other stimulants.

Alcohol

It may help you fall asleep, but it won't help you stay asleep - and the sleep you get will be lousy.

Caffeine

Obvious, yes - but it still has to make the list. Avoid coffee and other forms of caffeine after noon (the effects of caffeine last for ten hours).

Source: Medical Daily

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Last updated: May 23, 2013

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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