Foods You Should Never Take When You Want to have a Good Night’s Rest
It is a fact – scientifically proven, that the foods you take before going to bed may or may not make you have a great sleep. If you are someone who values there sleep, (I guess everyone does), then you must be very careful with the kinds of food you take before going to bed. There are those obvious foods that you probably know you shouldn’t take before going to bed but there are also others that will come as a total shock to you.
Things like double espresso or a can of coke before going to bed are a complete no-no, but most people never take heed and they will eat and drink just about anything before they go to bed. If you are the curious type and you don’t want your sleep to be ruined by what you eat, here is a look at some of those foods you must avoid by all means if you want to sleep like a baby at night-:
It is not a surprise that junk foods make it to our list of the foods that can seriously ruin your sleep. Junk foods have very high sugar and fat content and they are probably the worst idea of a meal to take before going to bed. Such foods will over stimulate the body to produce a lot of acid in the stomach and this may lead to problems such as indigestion and bloat. Sugary foods such as sodas will spike the blood sugar levels when taken before sleeping, you don’t need this much sugar for energy while sleeping, your sleep cycle may be disturbed and you may find yourself being woken up a couple of times during the night.
Spicy foods are very tempting for a dinner, but if you want to have a great night’s rest, then you must be sure to go slow on them unless you have a cast iron in your stomach. Spicy foods affect thermo regulation process in the body, and this not only hinders the digestion process but also may come with other complications such as indigestion.
They also interfere with the sleep cycles, especially during the third and the fourth stages of the cycle when you ought to be sleeping very soundly. Additionally, the hot spices will increase the body temperature and instead of the body cooling down when you go to sleep, it will increase in internal processes and activities, depriving you the relaxed state you needed for a sound sleep.
Chocolate, before it is refined, is very good for the health. Actually, raw cacao, the bean used in the production of chocolate has a lot of essential minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants that are very good for the body and the overall human health. It is a real super food that has been used by the Incas for thousands of years.
However, the problem comes when the bean undergoes processing. During processing, a lot of sugar and additives are added to the chocolate, and though this is what makes it sweet and beloved by millions of people around the world, it is a real health hazard and one of the foods you should never take before going to bed. Additionally, chocolate has natural stimulants, including theobromine and caffeine whose effects on ruining sleep are well known and have been thoroughly documented.
Green vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower are known to be very rich in fiber. Depending on your body’s efficiency in digesting carbohydrates, some of this vegetable may lead to the production of excessive gas in the stomach. Some of the symptoms of such include bloating, abdominal pain, passing wind, and burping.
If you are normally affected by leafy greens in any of these ways, then you should stay away from them at night. You can eat them during the day to allow good time for their digestion and so that you may also deal with any symptoms should they occur. The last thing you want is to have a bloated stomach at night or be woken up every now and then due to passing wind.
Processed and preserved meat
Pepperoni, bacon, ham and any other preserved meat usually contain an amino acid known as tyramine. When consumed, this amino acid is known to trigger the adrenalin glands to produce a neurotransmitter known as norepinephrine whose work is to take us into the fight or flight modes. As such, eating such processed meat will get you into a state of alertness and this is not the kind of feeling you want to have when you are just about to go to bed. Therefore, go slow on such meat if you truly desire to have a wonderful rest at night.
If you are used to closing your day with a glass or two to make you sleep better, then you have probably been doing more harm than good to yourself. Alcohol is a sedative, and amongst the many things it will do to your body is to interrupt your natural sleep cycle. In the deeper stages of your sleep cycle, the alcohol will lead to more rapid eye movement and this may make you wake up early from your sleep, thus making you sleep deprived and the effects may last all day long.
A lot of Water
Of course, water has a lot of praises and rarely do you find people talking about any negative side effects of it as far as our health is concerned. Drinking it before bed is not for any health concerns but just a matter of convenience. This is because when you drink a lot of water before going to bed, your sleep is likely to be interrupted by the nature calls. Even if you had the best mattress from Tuft & Needle at Lowes, you will not appreciate your sleep when you have to wake up every now and then to visit the toilet simply because you drank too much water before going to bed.