Foods to avoid before bed
You may nibble on a ‘light snack’ before going to bed to avoid getting hunger pangs in the middle of the night. Despite your efforts, you toss and turn for hours in bed, and can’t help but wonder if it’s something you ate. The truth is there are certain foods, even healthy foods, that can interrupt sleep and wreak havoc on your digestion system. Read on to learn which types of foods to avoid that can inhibit a good night’s sleep.
Avoid a trip to the drive-through to satisfy your late-night munchies. Greasy, fatty foods go through your system slower than protein and carbs, so your body will still be hard at work digesting when you try to fall asleep, says behavioural sleep therapist Dr Richard Shane. “You don’t want the engine of the digestive system cranking away when the rest of your body is trying to go to sleep,” he says.
The reasons to avoid spicy foods before bed are twofold. For one, they can irritate the stomach and cause heartburn, making it hard to wind down for sleep, says Dr Shane. The interaction also creates a passage for histamines to release into your body, says Dr W. Christopher Winter, author of The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It. “Antihistamines make you sleepy,” he says, but on the flip side, histamines promote wakefulness.