Top 6 foods that make it harder to sleep tight

Foods that make it harder to sleep tight

Peaceful sleep is a luxury for all of us. Sleeping without any disruption is a privilege, especially after a daylong of a busy schedule at work, looking after the family, children and socializing, our body and mind get exhausted. Good sleep is essential to regain the stamina to get going. All of us research on healthy foods in order to encourage a healthy sleeping habit. But, do we know the foods to avoid for a better night’s sleep.

According to Mr. Alphonse Reddy, Founder of Sunday Mattresses, “There are certain foods which are extremely healthy and are better eaten for lunch than for dinner. If you eat those vegetables for dinner that carry large amounts of insoluble fiber, then your digestive system has to work more to get those foods digested and this will further lead to an uncomfortable sleep.”

Alpa, Senior Nutritionist, HealthifyMe says, “Bedtime snacking can hinder your metabolism especially if your choices are not right like high sugary or packaged foods. If you do have to snack, opt for a glass of low-fat milk which can relax you and promote good sleep as well. You can choose protein-rich nuts or apple with peanut butter which will keep you full and is healthy too.”

Below are a few foods to stay away for a good night’s sleep

  • COFFEE –Coffee comes as no surprise. Everyone knows that coffee contains caffeine that prevents us from sleeping. But one is unaware the even our standard cup of afternoon coffee can have an impact on our sleeping pattern. This is because the stimulant caffeine remains in your system for hours. So, try limiting your coffee intake to before noon, several hours before going to bed.
  • BROCCOLI / CAULIFLOWER– This comes as a surprise. We have grown listening to our elders to eat vegetables and how healthy they are for us. But certain vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are better avoided before bedtime. These veggies are high in insoluble fibre, which moves slowly in your digestive system. Such vegetables not only make you feel full for a long time but also has gas-producing qualities.
  • DARK CHOCOLATES– Normal chocolate contains caffeine and, especially, dark chocolate contains a large amount of caffeine. If you eat dark chocolate in moderate amounts it will be as jarring as sipping coffee before bedtime. It also contains an amino acid that makes you alert.  Mainly, dark chocolate is double the energy, therefore it is preferred to make it an afternoon snack.
  • TOMATO SAUCE – Tomato sauce is another veggie-based food to avoid in the list. This is because of its high acidity, which often leads to morning-after heartburn and indigestion. It is advisable to eat tomato based spicy dishes at least 3 hours before going to bed. Spicy foods don’t matter how notorious they are may cause heartburn. They also raise your core body temperature.
  • ORANGE JUICE– Orange is a healthy fruit. But consuming orange in any form is not a good option of a pre-bedtime beverage. Orange is extremely acidic, which is definitely not a good idea before bed, regardless of if you suffer from reflux or not. Apart from being acidic, it is also very sugary, which, isn't helpful for those trying to fall asleep more easily.
  • CHICKEN - Those who are a grilled chicken fan thinking that it is the healthiest option of all, then you are mistaken. It is said that while sleeping the digestive system slows down by 50%. Eating protein takes a longer time to digest, therefore, the body will focus on your digestive sleeping which will disturb your sleeping pattern. It is good to save protein-based food for morning or lunch.

With the inputs on behalf of Alphonse Reddy, Founder & CEO at Sunday Mattresses and Alpa, Senior Nutritionist at HealthyMe - an Indian digital weight loss platform that provides fitness services. 

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