Hello there! Do you find it hard to fall asleep at night? There could be many reasons behind this. One of them is the food you decided to eat before going to sleep. From cauliflower to coffee, numerous foods can affect your quality of snooze time.
I’m not saying that they are bad. They simply harm your sleep. In this video, I am going to talk about all of them and more. #1 Grapefruit Shocked? Don’t worry, grapefruit isn’t awful.
They are very nutritious. Grapefruit is one of the major sources of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, and Dietary Fiber. So, why is this brilliant fruit mentioned here? The answer is simple, it’s terrible to eat before sleep… Especially if you have decided to consume it before bed.
Never try that. It could cause heartburn. After all, it is a citrus fruit and is acidic. It can also hamper your sleep and keep you awake. Instead of having it at night, have grapefruit after lunch or breakfast.
Our body’s metabolism is also stronger during the day. So you won’t have any issues digesting it. Since we are talking about grapefruits, check out our video, “Acidic Foods That Your Body Doesn’t Like.
” Anyway, let’s continue… #2 Tomatoes I bet you weren’t expecting this. I don’t blame you, tomatoes are good for your skin. They help treat sunburns as well as hardening the pores. Tomatoes also help increase the fairness of your skin, balancing the pH level.
It is said that eating tomatoes can also hurt your sleep. This is mainly because of tyramine, which is a type of amino acid. Tyramine triggers the release of norepinephrine in the brain.
This chemical increases the activity of your brain and delays sleep. Once again, this doesn’t mean you should avoid tomatoes altogether. Have as many as you’d like. Just don’t munch on them before going to sleep.
The next entry shouldn’t come as a shock. #3 Coffee This was one you expected to appear at one point or another. How does anyone create a list of foods that destroy sleep and not add coffee? Coffee contains a major nemesis of sleep, caffeine.
Caffeine stimulates your brain and increases its activity, making it impossible for you to fall asleep. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a way around it. You can start by drinking a lot of water and reducing your caffeine intake.
Since we are talking about caffeine, coffee isn’t the only food that contains it. There are many other sources of caffeine and one of the most significant ones is carbonated drinks. This is why you need to cut down on the consumption of both coffee as well as carbonated drinks.
Let’s move to the next point. #4 Dark Chocolate This entry is good for your heart. Unlike milk chocolate, dark can help in maintaining blood pressure. At the same time, it can also help with blood circulation.
That doesn’t mean that dark chocolates don’t have their problems. Dark Chocolates contain a lot of caffeine. It is the same with coffee and hot chocolate. So if you happen to be a dark chocolate fan, avoid having it before going to sleep.
Otherwise, you might end up staying awake the whole night. Instead of doing that, consume it during the daytime. Preferably, have dark chocolate in the morning, this way it wouldn’t affect you so much.
Instead, it will give you that wake-up kick that you need in the morning. Once again, it is the caffeine at play. It is great for helping you stay awake and awful when it comes to letting you sleep. Moving on… #5 Broccoli The problem with broccoli is that it contains a lot of dietary fiber.
Dietary fiber slows down the digestive process. While this may help you lose weight or even digest easier, it isn’t good for sleeping. Your body needs rest at night. But because dietary fiber takes its time to digest, your body has to stay active to digest it.
This is why it isn’t wise to have cauliflowers or broccoli at night. Instead, have these vegetables in the morning. When you wake up, your body needs food that can help you stay alert. You can try having a salad with broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, and tomatoes.
These foods will maintain your energy level throughout the day. I just listed some foods that you shouldn’t eat before going to sleep. Now here are some foods that will help you sleep at night. #1 Fish While a lot of you may not enjoy the salty smell of the fish, it is good for sleep.
While tuna and salmon are nutritious and have a lot of Vitamins, they are also full of fatty acids that aid in the digestion process. Now you might be wondering, “Helping with the digestion process is fine, but how can fish help us sleep?” You see, most fish contain tryptophan, a component that enhances sleep.
Not only is fish great for sleep, but nighttime may also be the best time to enjoy it. There are many dishes you can try like baked salmon, fish fry, or grilled fish. Avoid fish curry though, as it may be a little too heavy to digest at night.
Since we are on the topic of fish, check out our video on “7 Fishes That Have a High Level of Mercury.” #2 Walnuts What is the biggest advantage of being from the nut family? You are rich in melatonin.
Walnuts are no exception to this. These nuts are one of the best foods to have when you are having trouble falling asleep. Additionally, they have hearty healthy fats. These fats ensure that you are getting a good night’s sleep.
So make sure that you are having a few walnuts before going to bed. In case you aren’t a fan of walnuts, I would suggest that you switch to almonds. Moving on, let’s talk about the next point… #3 Milk Before there was tea or coffee, there was milk, something we are introduced to pretty much the moment we are born.
So how does milk help us? Well, it is simple. Milk is rich in both melatonin and tryptophan. So basically, it has the benefits of walnuts and fish. More importantly, it neither has the fish nor the hard texture of the nuts.
More importantly, milk provides you with a warm and soothing feeling before going to sleep. This helps you fall asleep faster. The melatonin enhances this feeling, while the tryptophan makes sure you stay asleep for a long period.
Of course, milk may not be a good thing if you are dairy sensitive. In such a case, the next point may be better for you. #4 Honey We all know that honey is a natural sweetener. For this reason, you can have it with black tea, lemon tea, or even lemonade.
Honey can fit anywhere as an alternative for sugar. The best part is that, unlike sugar, honey doesn’t cause a spike in insulin levels. So, how can honey help in sleep? Well, honey contains tryptophan, the sleeping enhancer.
This is why if you can have a little bit of honey before going to sleep, it would be helpful for you. You can also check out our video, “Eating Honey Every Day Will Do This To Your Body” for more information.
Moving along… #5 Chickpeas Chickpeas are found in hummus and are one of the most well-known sources of tryptophan. Chickpeas have good taste and thanks to tryptophan, it helps in sleeping. This isn’t the only thing that chickpeas have though.
Other ingredients also help. Chickpeas are a rich source of melatonin. We have already talked about melatonin and its benefits. So maybe next time, when you are going to sleep, you could have some hummus.
It’s better than those unhealthy midnight snacks you’re always craving. Have you eaten any of these foods? Do you have insomnia or know anyone with that problem? Let us know in the comments below.