If you’re still a little hungry after dinner and are pondering upon your next nosh, there are a few key things to keep in mind. Everyone enjoys a little nighttime snack, but what you opt for nibbling can drastically affect how well you sleep. While some foods help your slumber, others (fatty or greasy options) can wreak havoc on your rest. We lose sleep over so many things, so the last thing we need is our late-night dining decisions working against us.
If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep, here are the 10 foods you should stay away from right before bed.
- Chips and Other Processed Snacks
Although they are quite convenient – you just grab a bag, munch away and are done before you know it; processed foods have high content of monosodium glutamate, which will definitely lead to sleep-related issues that you likely want to avoid.
It’s one of the best foods to eat if you’re hungry because a little bit keeps you full longer. The thing with having pasta late at night is that it’s such a fatty food that it will most likely lead to weight gain while you sleep. The carbohydrates in pasta turn to fat quite fast, so if you’re trying to eat healthy at night you’ll want to opt for something else.
- Red meat
Apart from being delicious, a big, juicy steak is far from being the right choice of meal right before bed. Red meat will make it practically impossible to get the type of quality sleep you need as it will kick your body’s natural processes into overtime.
- Ice cream
Ice cream is a very high source of both fat and sugar and you’re not giving your body the chance it needs to burn off any of these elements before you go to bed, which will lead to weight gain.
The fatty, greasy toppings that pizza is known for will not only lead to weight gain, but can also cause heart burn and other related issues right before you drift off to sleep at night. So if you’ve got a leftover slice of pizza in your refrigerator, you’ll definitely want to save it for lunch.
Many people don’t realize that chocolate is actually a source of caffeine, which is the last thing that you want to do before bed. If you wouldn’t want to have a cup of coffee and then go to bed, you should leave the chocolate alone for the same reason.
Although a glass of wine may seem like a good idea, in reality you’ll be compromising the restorative functions of sleep. Even if you do get some rest, it will hardly be the quality sleep that we need to function the next day.
Reference: FitnessMagazine, FoxNews