The temptation to grab a midnight snack might be strong and you may be struggling to have dinner at a consistent time, but did you know that both habits can have a huge impact on your sleep? Although late night snacking in any form isn’t productive in terms of getting some good quality shut eye, there are certainly some foods and drinks that you really should avoid. With that being said, there must be a yin to every yang; options are available for those of you who aren’t ready to ditch your bad habits just yet.
Avoid- Cheese Burger.
The stratospheric fat content of this particular fast food is guaranteed to be a sleep killer. Fat stimulates the production of acid in the stomach, which can spill up into your oesophagus, causing heartburn (ouch!).
Cherries are one of the few natural foods to contain melatonin, the chemical that helps control our body’s internal clock. Although only a minor affect, one study did find that they contributed to small improvements in sleep duration and quality. Cherry tart, anyone?
Sorry! But a glass of wine before bed isn’t the answer. It’s ability to metabolise quickly within your body causes frequent sleep disturbances and a pesky battle to actually drift off. It also produces a much lower quality of sleep.
There may be some method hidden within the old wives’ tale. A warm glass of milk before bed can not only help to relax us, but it also contains the amino acid tryptophan, a precursor to the brain chemical serotonin.
In all forms, this has got to be one of the worst options if you’re looking for some quality sleep. Whether you’re craving a cup of coffee or you enjoy the sweet taste of an energy drink, our advice is to steer well clear! It’s been proven that the effects of caffeine can take up to 8 hours to wear off in some cases!
Bananas help promote sleep because they contain the natural muscle-relaxants magnesium and potassium. In fact, they’re a total win win. They’re a complex carb which means they will actually help to promote sleep as your body will take longer to metabolise them, than say, a cookie.
Spice in general are known to cause heartburn and also keep us wide awake during the later hours. Depending on where you source your curry, the fat content may also be questionable- as we now know, fat= bad quality sleep.
Try- Like milk, turkey contains tryptophan, a chemical that can make people doze off in front of the TV after Christmas Dinner. You would have to eat a lot of turkey for it to actually aid your sleep, but any amount is not going to harm your nights rest so this is a good option if you’re just looking to curb a food fix.