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5 Foods to Avoid if You Struggle to Sleep

February 11, 2020


 Short on sleep? Don’t eat these 5 things.

If you’re battling to get proper shuteye at night, you may need to reevaluate the contents of your fridge and food cupboard. Recent studies that measured the effects of diet on sleep quality have found that micronutrient intake has an impact on various sleep variables, particularly alterations in slow-wave sleep and rapid eye movement sleep with changes in carbohydrate and fat intake.

Based on this information, there are a few food culprits that should be avoided completely, or at least close to bedtime if you want to enjoy restorative rest. These include: 

Deep-Fried Foods 

Deep-fried chicken, french fries, hamburgers and pizza may be very convenient to grab on the go from a drive-through when you haven't planned dinner and you're running short on time, but it can wreak havoc with your sleep patterns. High-fat foods take longer to digest and can cause bloating and indigestion that interferes with a sound night's sleep. 

Chillies & Spicy Foods

Chillies, hot sauce and spicy foods are a great way to boost your metabolism due to its thermogenic properties, but for this same reason, it's not the greatest idea right before you head to bed. Our bodies' core temperatures naturally decrease as we prepare to sleep, and raising it with spicy foods can counteract this process. 

Sugary Cereals 

A sneaky bowl of sugary cereal like Fruit Loops or Coco Pops can be a delicious treat while you're lounging on the couch, but it also causes crazy blood sugar spikes and crashes that affect your sleep. Try not to eat cereal with more than 5 grams of sugar per serving overall, and avoid it completely around bedtime. 

Steak 

Protein-heavy meals like steak, chops or sausages don't make for a great night's sleep because it can cause indigestion or acid reflux that can lead to sleep disturbances. 

Green Tea

While green tea is an excellent beverage to sip on during the day due to its antioxidant properties, it actually contains three stimulants that keep you awake - caffeine, theobromine and theophylline. Try not to drink green tea after 14:00 in the afternoon if you're hoping for a good night's rest. 

There you have it - five foods to avoid if you struggle to fall and remain asleep at night. Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks and months for more interesting info on the science of sleep. In the meantime, we invite you to visit us in-store to find out more about our Comfort Solutions Lab® and the pressure-point technology that allows us to make custom mattress recommendations for every customer that uses it. 



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