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The 9 Best Foods and Drinks to Avoid Before Bed

Here are the foods to avoid: small evening munchies or late meals. They could trigger restless sleep or completely keep you from sleeping.


Cooked foodstuffs or Fried Foods

The 9 Best Foods and Drinks to Avoid Before Bed


"By going out to buy fast food, don't try to fill your appetite for the night. The fats in these foods are digested more slowly than proteins and carbohydrates. When you put your head on your pillow, they may be in the process of assimilation,' warns Richard Shane, sleep behaviour expert and inventor of the Sleep Easily system.

As the rest of your body cries out for sleep, the mechanisms of digestion would kick back in The mechanics of digestion would kick back in as the rest of your body cries out for sleep."


Spicy Dishes

The 9 Best Foods and Drinks to Avoid Before Bed


Until bed, there are two reasons to avoid spicy food. "It can irritate the stomach and cause sleep-disrupting gastric reflux," says Richard Shane. "Furthermore these foods cause histamine to be released in the body says neurologist W. Christopher Winter, President of the Neurology and Sleep Clinic in Charlottesville and author of The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Repair It . While antihistamines promote sleep, histamine enhances alertness instead,"While antihistamines promote sleep, histamine rather increases alertness," He warns

Turkey

The 9 Best Foods and Drinks to Avoid Before Bed


Revising the misconception that it is tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, that triggers the heavy drowsiness surrounding the Thanksgiving meal, would be significant. Lean towards extra food, instead. Actually, the turkey would prefer to have a relaxing effect. High in protein, it stimulates the development of dopamine - the motivating neurotransmitter - which gives you energy instead.

Would you like a late night protein fix, without poultry or steak? "There are high levels of melatonin in both games and salmon, which is a sleep hormone," Dr. Winter advises.

The liquor

The 9 Best Foods and Drinks to Avoid Before Bed


It's not just bedtime food that can be a problem. Even, alcohol has its limits. Late in the evening, drinking a glass or two of red wine will calm you, but it can also provide less restful sleep. This is because your liver is trying to expel alcohol from your bloodstream the moment you shut your eyes. There is a near relation between the heart and the liver: the latter's rhythm speeds up, which can induce awakening,' explains Richard Shane.

If you are distracted by your quick pulse, this can make it hard for you to go back to sleep.

Chocolates

The 9 Best Foods and Drinks to Avoid Before Bed


In the evening, you miss coffee, but it's not the only source of caffeine. For 29 g (3 squares) of chocolate, there will be about 23 mg, or a quarter of that in a cup of coffee. Therefore, setting the chocolate aside at bedtime is safer.

Water 

The 9 Best Foods and Drinks to Avoid Before Bed


Drinking water is highly recommended in nearly all situations. But to prevent frequent visits to the toilet during the night to remove the overflow, it is easier to decrease its intake during the evening. In order to remain hydrated, drink enough water during the day and even at dinner. But before going to bed, don't quench your thirst,' advises Richard Shane.

With coffee

The 9 Best Foods and Drinks to Avoid Before Bed


It is great to know when to avoid drinking coffee in the daytime. "Early in the afternoon is the general rule for not affecting your sleep," says Richard Shane. Opt for a decaffeinated or cortado coffee to enjoy a coffee at the end of the day. ”

Ice cream coffee

The 9 Best Foods and Drinks to Avoid Before Bed


Unfortunately true coffee, and thus caffeine, is in this ice cream. Some labels also contain bits of coffee beans, "says Dr. Winter. Less or earlier in the day, attempt to eat. And look out for the caffeine in the protein bars in the coffee beans,' he advises. If you just want an ice cream in the evening, choose one that doesn't have caffeine.

Energetic beverages

The 9 Best Foods and Drinks to Avoid Before Bed


To boost athletic performance, snacks and isotonic beverages also contain caffeine. At the end of the day, stop them and make sure that your energy drink does not contain any by inspecting the label. "Be careful to consume only post-workout drinks in the evening and not pre-workout drinks that are filled with caffeine and stimulants," Dr. Winter advises.