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Need a good night's sleep? Try these food before bed

7:40:00 AM Posted by Kinar Timilsina , No comments

1. Bacon cheeseburger

It's probably no surprise how wolfing one of these down - however delicious - negatively impacts sleep. After all, it's never been exactly championed as a health food.
The fat contained in a bacon cheeseburger stimulates acid production in the stomach.
GettyMan biting into big bacon cheeseburger
You're potentially in for a long night if you have one of these for your dinner
This, in turn, can spill in to the oesophagus, leading to heartburn, which is guaranteed to keep you awake.
Foods high in fat such as a cheeseburger also loosen the barrier between the stomach and the oesophagus, which means that same acid can leak into places where it shouldn't be.

2. Alcohol

Forget the term 'nightcap', according to the site, having a couple of drinks to unwind before bed time is bad news for having a decent sleep.
GettyWoman drinking a glass of red wine
The term 'night-cap' can be misleading
This is because alcohol metabolises rapidly in our systems - which is why you may find you wake up several times during the night after a few drinks. Not only this, but it also damages the 'quality' of sleep you're getting
Alcohol also amplifies and strengthens any snoring. So if you share a bed, that's somehting to consider too.

3. Dark chocolate

Bad news for chocoholics or those with a sweet tooth . While dark chocolate is often touted as a healthier alternative to other chocolatey treats, it's not a perfect substitute.
Dark chocolate unfortunately contains caffeine, with Health pointing out how a Hershey’s special-dark bar has 20 milligrams of caffeine.
GettyDark chocolate squares
Ditch the after dinner chocolate maybe
This amounts to half an ounce of espresso. The stimulant theobromine found in chocolate also increases the heart rate and causes restlessness.

4. Curry

There's nothing like a takeaway curry sometimes. But the spices making up some of our favourite dishes may lead to a lack of sleep.
According to Health, "One study conducted in Australia found that young men who poured Tabasco sauce and mustard on their dinner had more trouble falling asleep and experienced less deep sleep than men who ate blander suppers. Spices can also cause heartburn".
A lot of enjoyable dishes, treat or drinks ave been cited as being bad for our sleep

5. Meat (protein)

This even applies to chicken, sadly (although turkey contains tryptophan, a chemical which can aid nodding off).
Any type of protein can place a burden on our digestive system, which should slow to 50 per cent while we're asleep.
So rather than focusing on sleeping, the body is now channelling its efforts into digestion.
GettyMilk, cherries and sweet potato's
Some sleep-friendly food items


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