The 5 Worst Foods to Eat Right Before Bed

Here at Fit Mommas, we have a pressing issue: WE DON’T SLEEP. Between kids, snoring hubbies, and racing minds, sleep is something we get precious little of a nightly basis. Sleep is SO important – for your body, mind, and even the safety of your family! Ha! Luckily, we ran across this article that may help some of you…and us!

Below are the five worst foods for sleep. That’s not to say you can’t ever eat them at night with dinner, but if you do, try to make it at least a few hours before you go to bed so you have ample time to digest.

1. Caffeine

Caffeine is low-key hiding in some of our go-to nightcaps and after-hours snack, like chocolate and black tea. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to eight hours, which is why many experts recommend having your last cup of joe before 5 P.M. (or earlier, depending on when you go to bed).

2. Alcohol

Booze can knock you out, but the sleep you get after one or two drinks won’t be the best, says Muehlbach. In fact, it might be similar to the sleep you get after drinking caffeine, in that it’ll keep you in the lighter stages of sleep for longer and might make you wake up more during the night.

3. Sugar

Sugar is famous for its energizing qualities, which is exactly the opposite of what you want before bedtime. If you want a dessert before bed, consider something like cherries or kiwifruit, which recent research has suggested can contribute to better sleep thanks to chemicals like melatonin and serotonin.

4. Spicy and high-acid foods

Acid reflux is more likely to occur during sleep when we’re lying down, because it’s easier for stomach acid to come back up through the esophagus. Eating foods that are very spicy or full of acid can compound this effect.

5. Anything that’s particularly hard to digest, like fibrous or cruciferous vegetables

Fibrous foods like beans and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are both a bit harder on your stomach, because they contain indigestible sugars olgiosaccharides and raffinose that can cause bloating and gassiness when eaten in excess. That’s not to say that they’re bad for you (they aren’t), they just require more of an effort from your ol’ gastrointestinal tract to break them down.

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Author: Jennifer Ridge

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