Avoid These 15 Foods Before Sleep

By: Tanushree Kulkarni
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Work pressure, family commitment, finances, etc, are some of the reasons we usually tend to loose sleep, so the last thing we want us to cause the stressful night is our dining options.

Believe it or not, the food we eat has a lot of influence on how sound we sleep. There are some foods that induce sleep, some foods particularly junk foods or caffeine cause us sleepless nights.

It is said that we need at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night to avoid the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Night is the time when our body undergoes the rejuvenation process.

So, it is highly important that we take care of our eating and sleeping habits, as these habits can help us live a healthier life.

Most of us don’t think twice before nibbling on that cheesy pizza or gulping down a drink, but most of these can wreak a havoc on our slumber.

Today, we at Boldsky will talk about foods that you have to stay far away from if you want to get a good night's sleep. Here’s presenting 15 foods that you should avoid for having a better sleep. 



Caffeine causes an effect on the brain, which helps people to stay awake. And its effects last up to 5 hours after consuming it.
So, unless you are planning to burn the midnight oil for family or work commitments, we advise you to skip that coffee post dinner.


Spicy food:

Who doesn't like gorging on the Chicken Kadhai or Paneer butter masala for dinner? But, if you want a sound sleep, you should stay away from these food items. This spicy food can cause bloating or uneasiness which can affect your sleep.


Red meat

It contains oodles of fats and proteins, which take a very long time to digest and can cause uneasiness and cramps during sleep.


Junk food

Junk food such as a burger or French fries make for a great midnight snack, but they are also very high in saturated fats that take a lot of time to digest. It can cause uneasiness or discomfort while sleeping.



Chocolates are a great comfort food and they also have lots of other benefits. But, they are also high in sugar that can cause sugar rush, which can keep you up away past the bed time.


Ice cream:

Most of us consume ice-cream unassumingly as a dessert post dinner; but little do we know that consuming it before bed can have side effects. It contains loads of fats and sugar, which can keep you up for a very long time.



Fruits are an ideal dessert option, but if you're going overboard with it, they can have their effects on your sleep. Fruits contain sugar that can cause sugar rush.



It is a great quick-fix for those busy souls. But it also contains lots of carbs, which cause your glucose levels to shoot up giving you loads of energy, which is the last thing you should want if you are aiming for a sound sleep.



It is true that eating garlic can give you bad breath, but it also contains several properties which can cause you a heartburn specially if had at night.



It is filled with fats that make it difficult for your digestive system to process. So, you should avoid it before bedtime.


Candy Bars

If you are the kind who often gets a nightmare, then you should totally avoid candy bars before bedtime. Apart from causing the sugar rush, sugar is known to create nightmare waves in the brain.



It is normally presumed that drinking alcohol gives you a sound sleep. But, it gives you a shallow sleep and lots of awakening cycle through the night.


Energy bars

Energy bars contain lots of sugar that can give you the extra energy, causing you to be awake if you consume them before bedtime.



They are an ideal midnight snack, but they also contain fat, which can cause heartburn and a troubled sleep in you.



Lettuce is healthy no doubt, but eating it before sleeping can cause your stomach to bloat directly affecting your sleep quality.

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Story first published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 20:01 [IST]
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