Foods You Should Avoid Eating Before Going To Sleep

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As the obesity rate continues to rise, we start to hear more and more about the importance of avoiding eating late at night.

Many researches show that eating late has negative effects on your health. One of the most serious consequences is gaining weight. Another important reason why you may want to avoid this bad habit is due to its negative effects on your sleep. You need to get up to use the restroom during the night for many time.

If you have some private reasons making you have to snack on something in the evening, consider choosing fruits, vegetables or other products which are low in fat, calories and water content. Remember to keep away from the 7 following food categories.

1. Greasy or fat-filled foods

Several food types which are greasy, heavy and fatty should be eliminated from your dinner. The reason is that they not only make you feel tired and sluggish in the morning of the next day, but they also make your stomach get tired and overworked. In addition to gaining weight, eating high-fat foods before going to bed is the main cause of sleep disturbances because you will have nighttime trips to the bathroom.


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A bowl of ice cream loaded with fat and sugar should not be taken at night in order to control your weight and sleep well.


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Consuming too many fast food items can make your sleep interrupted. Moreover, fastfoods are highest in Trans fat which causes stroke, diabetes and coronary heart disease.

2. High-carbohydrate or sugary foods

A small piece of sweet cake can help you slumber; nevertheless, if you eat a huge slice of chocolate cake, this will lead to an adverse effect. The reason is that the spike in your blood-sugar levels could cause your energy levels to spike and plummet, disrupting your sleep in the process. Cake, cookies, or other desserts as well as carby snacks like crackers or white bread are foods listed in this category.


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Pastas are straight carbohydrates, and if you’re going to bed right after eating, that’s all going to turn into fat.


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Chocolate cake tastes good but ends up bad.

3. Red meat and other proteins

Eating red meats late at night makes it difficult for you to get deep into sleep since your stomach is digesting foods too hard. Dietitians show that red meat may actually affect you the worst, but eating a chicken or pork with large portions would have the same effect as well. In fact, you don't need totally avoid protein foods for your late meal, just remember to eat with a small quantity or opt for a glass of warm milk or some sleep-friendly carbs.

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Red meats should not be eaten too much at night.

4. Spicy foods

When you're craving something to eat late at night, stay away from the hot sauce. Spicy and peppery foods are unbeneficial for your stomach. In addition, chemicals loaded in spicy foods can stimulate your senses, making it hard to fall asleep.


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Many people feel heartburn after eating spicy food.

5. Hidden Caffeine foods

A cup of coffee contains caffeine which can lead to sleep disturbances. Even other less obvious caffeine sources such as cola, tea, chocolate and decaffeinated coffee should be avoided being taken at night. For a better sleep, cut all caffeine from your diet four to six hours before bedtime.


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It is suggested to cut all caffeine from your diet four to six hours before bedtime.


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If you are sensitive with caffeine, you had better not drink green tea before going to bed.

6. Big portions

Lying down with a full belly can make you uncomfortable and find hard to start sleeping, since the digestive system slows down when you sleep. Keep the total calorie amount under 200 so you won't have any problem with going and staying asleep. Make sure to eat a reasonable amount of foods and finish a heavy meal at least four hours before bedtime.


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You will feel uncomfortable with a full stomach at night.

7. Diuretic foods

A diuretic is defined as either a food, herb, beverage or anything else that aides in the process of making your body release more urine. That is the reason why when you drink much water or eat celery at night, you should go to the bathroom more often. Thus, to have a restful night, nutritionists suggest you should limit the consumption of foods with a large amount of water. Keeping hydrated throughout the day is great for your body, but remember to cut down your fluid intake before bed.


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Drinking too much beer makes you go to the restroom more times; consequently, disrupts your peaceful sleep.

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Chris Jacken used to work as a doctor of a general hospital in February 1998. Currently, Chris is a writer specializing in weight loss related issues. He posts his articles on a number of different directories.

 
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This article was published on 2012/06/22