12 Foods that Interfere with Sleep

In order to feel our best, we need adequate sleep each and every night. Here are 12 foods that may interfere with your ability to get a good night’s rest.

1. Celery. Avoid celery and other foods high in water content (cucumbers, watermelon, etc.) before bed because they are natural diuretics.

2. Tomatoes. Tomatoes are rich in tryamine, and amino acid that triggers the brain to boost its activity. Other tryamine-rich foods: eggplant, soy sauce, red wine and aged cheeses.

3. Fried foods. Foods high in fat take longer to digest and can interfere with your ability to fall asleep.

4. Alcohol. Although alcohol will make you doze off quicker, it robs you of REM sleep which is important to concentration, memory and motor skills.

5. Beans. Beans are a disaster before bed because they take so long to digest and can cause gas.

6. Dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is heart healthy, but just before bed, the caffeine in the chocolate could keep you up.

7. Sugar. Anything that causes your blood glucose to spike will cause a release in insulin that will make it hard to stay asleep.

8. Spicy foods. Spicy foods are often the cause of heartburn once you are laying flat.

9. Marbled red meat. A little marbeling makes a steak taste great, but the greater the fat content, the slower you will digest it. Steak at a late dinner could keep you up.

10. Carbonated beverages. Even the least suspecting carbonated beverages can have caffeine in them. If you’re going to drink soda before bed, check the label.

11. Large meals. A heavy meal before you sleep can keep you up. Allow three hours to digest before you sleep.

12. Broccoli. While broccoli is full of nutrition, it is also full of slow-to-digest fiber which will keep your body working hard while you’re trying to sleep. That goes for cauliflower and brussels sprouts, as well.

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