Many factors can affect sleep quality- temperature of the room; brightness and outside noise all play a role in how well you sleep at night. Of course if you don’t get enough sleep you are feeling grumpy, and that is why controlling these factors is important. One more important factor that often gets overlooked is food we eat before bed. It can either help or hurt, when it comes to getting sleep (your zzz’s on). Foods high in fat, or protein and sodium keeps you tossing and turning. Other foods can basically tuck you in at night. To have a good night’s rest, you need to check out this list. There are foods to eat and foods to avoid before bedtime!
Foods to Avoid Before Going to Sleep
Chicken – full of protein which is great, but not if it’s bed time. Large amount of protein in chicken slows down digestion by 50%! Eating chicken before bed keep your body working very hard to digest food, making it difficult to fall asleep.
- Dark Chocolate
Chocolate contains caffeine and it is not something you want to eat before bedtime. Its caffeine and theobromine stimulate the nervous system and can cause an increased heart rate, which is making it difficult to fall asleep.
- Spicy Food
Many people have love-hate relationship with spicy food. If you love it, eat them earlier in the day, not at night. Spicy food can cause heartburn.
- A Bacon Cheeseburger
Bacon, which is although delicious is full of a large amount of fat and it stimulates production of stomach acid, and it can cause heartburn.
Foods to Eat Before Sleeping
Eating turkey two hours before bed actually helps fall asleep faster, and it is all due to tryptophan, which regulates quality and rhythm of sleep.
Milk also contains tryptophan – awesome amino acid that helps you get a better night’s rest. Our grandmas were telling us truth when they said milk would help sleep! Milk and cookies – organic, hormone free milk.
Cherries are great snack anytime, especially before bed, because they contain melatonin and it helps control body’s internal clock and is giving a better quality snooze!
Bananas are full of magnesium and calcium, and they both help relax and repair muscle. Eat a banana before bed and ensure a peaceful night’s rest, so you will wake up feeling relaxed and also refreshed!