The Six Foods Stopping Your Sound Sleep Might Surprise You
We all know having a late-night espresso will definitely get in the way of chasing a good night's sleep.
But did you know these other foods could be getting in your way?
Steer clear of these six foods before bedtime, to get your much needed eight hours!
1. Dark Chocolate
Chocoholics, we've got some bad news for you...
Due to high amounts of caffeine in dark chocolate, it's not going to help you get to sleep.
According to news.com.au, some dark chocolate contains as much caffeine as a quarter cup of coffee, and the darker the chocolate, the more caffeine it likely contains.
Dark chocolate also contains tyrosine, an amino acid that can be very stimulating.
2. Spicy Foods
Spicy foods are considered beneficial if you're trying to drop some weight, but the metabolism-boosting benefits could give you a restless night.
It can also cause heartburn, which can make it difficult to drift off to sleep.
3. Red Meat
Red Meat is filled with protein and can be lean, but it is still quite fatty, which takes our bodies a long time to digest.
This means if you have a steak for dinner, you could still be digesting the meal by the time you go to bed.
According to Beth Warren, RD, author of Living Real Life With Real Food, high-protein diets have been linked to sleep apnoea.
The condition prompts you to stop breathing for bouts of time through the night, which can make it hard to get a sound sleep.
Cured meats like prosciutto and aged cheeses could end up keeping you awake because of the amino acid, tyramine.
According to Alissa Rumsey, RD, a dietitian and spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, "[Tyramine] triggers the release of norepinephrine, a stimulant that makes us feel more alert."
5. Tomato Sauce
Although tomato sauce has a few health benefits, including reducing heart disease, cancer and macular degeneration because it's an antioxidant, it could be preventing you from getting some shuteye.
It's highly acidic, which leads to heartburn and indigestion, according to Dr Rumsey.
So if you want a good night's rest, maybe give the late night pizza and tomato-based meals a miss.
6. Cruciferous Vegetables
Veggies like broccoli and cauliflower are loaded with insoluble fibre, and when eaten close to bedtime can keep you awake as they are slow to digest.
We are by no means encouraging you to ditch these vegetable, but maybe have them earlier in the day!
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