Sleeping well through the night is vital for your health and for carrying out your daytime tasks efficiently. Lack of sleep impacts your work, well-being, and your mood negatively. Have you experienced sleep deprivation at times even when you’ve been very active throughout the day, exercising and being free of stress or worries? You must know that what you eat has an influence on your sleep too. There are certain foods that should be avoided before bedtime, as they could disturb your sleep and keep you awake all night.
Here are some foods to avoid at night:
Fats are digested slowly. If you eat high-fat food before going to bed, it can cause acid reflux, keeping you awake at night and making you sleepy during the day
Caffeine causes sleep disruptions and causes you to wake up at night. Caffeine could also make it difficult for you to fall asleep at bedtime. This can result in headaches and sleepiness.
Due to indigestion and discomfort caused by spicy food, if you go to bed after a spicy meal, your sleep gets impaired. It can cause acid reflux and disturb your sleep.
Food high in sugar
Refined carbohydrates and foods with high sugar content cause poor sleep quality. They can cause inflammatory responses in the body and make it difficult to sleep.
Highly processed food
Highly processed foods are loaded with preservatives and artificial flavors. These foods when consumed frequently, especially at bedtime can cause poor quality of sleep and daytime sleepiness.
Apart from the foods listed, eating larger meals and late-night dinners too affect your sleep quality negatively. The quality and quantity of your evening meal play a big role in how well you sleep at night. Make a change in your eating habits and plan your meals/snacks ahead, so that you have a good night’s sleep and wake up with a smile to embrace every new day.
Which eating habit has helped you avoid sleep deprivation at night? Do share in the comments.
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