What’s better than a full night’s sleep? That’s not a rhetorical question. Can you seriously name one thing that’s better? We’ll wait.
We thought so.
Not only does a solid eight hours of shuteye contribute to a healthy lifestyle and keep your energy levels high, but it can improve memory, kickstart your creativity, sharpen your attention, and so much more.
How can you make sure you get enough Zzzz’s? You can pay attention to what you eat and more importantly what you don’t eat. Read on to learn the top five foods to avoid before hitting the sack.
Of course you shouldn’t drink coffee before going to sleep. Not only will the caffeine keep you awake, but coffee’s acidity can cause heartburn and acid reflux (which, by the way, aren’t even close to the same thing).
Highly Processed Foods
Sometimes a little stress eating before bed’s just what the doctor ordered. We get it. Stay away from highly processed and fatty foods, though.
Fat takes a long time to digest and you absolutely do not want to be digesting it while your body is trying to rest. That means stay away from the cheeseburgers, buttered bagels (or buttered anything!), milkshakes, and pizza before bed.
Very Spicy Foods
We love throwing a little sriracha on celery – don’t you dare judge! – and having a crisp, spicy snack. We won’t ever think about doing that before settling in for the night though.
Spicy foods like curry, hot sauce, or pepper are a definite no when you’re trying to sleep. They can cause indigestion, have been linked to taking longer to fall asleep, and may even raise your body’s internal temperature.
Chocolate isn’t just packed full of dangerous refined sugar, although that alone should be enough to have you running in the opposite direction. Dark chocolate contains a surprisingly high amount of caffeine and theobromine. Both are central nervous system (CNS) stimulants, which will keep you up at night. So, stay away from chocolate in the evening. You’ll thank us in the morning.
Alcohol’s the polar opposite of a CNS stimulant. In fact, it’s a strong CNS depressant. This means, in theory, that it will help you get to sleep. This may be true, but alcohol does a big heap of nothing to keep you asleep.
Sure, those couple glasses of red wine sound good, but you’ll regret them when you’re tossing and turning in the middle of the night.
These are just the worst offenders. There are about a million more foods you want to avoid.
Remember, you only get one body. Treat it right and it’ll treat you just the same. If you are looking for organic Jasmine green tea to assist you in your slumber, we can help. Check out the other great natural products Lauren Naturals has to offer.