The food we eat right before we go to bed may either help provide a restful fast sleep or promote an annoying tiring insomnia. To have an idea about both kinds of foods, here are some examples:
A warm cup of milk before bed is not just an old motherly myth. Milk provides soothing effect making you fall asleep easier due tryptophan, the precursor of serotonin; a brain chemical that’s believed to ease sleep.
Dark Chocolate: Bad
Just like coffee, dark chocolate contains caffeine which is a brain stimulant that’ll definitely keep you up at night. Moreover, it’s also filled with extra calories.
Studies have showed that melatonin found in cherries maintains our body’s internal clock and helps improve cases of insomnia. Try a cup of cherry juice before bed if you suffer from lack of sleep.
Fast Foods: Bad
Fast foods like cheese burgers are high in dangerous fats and salts. These fats not only endorse the production of gastric acid, it also loosens the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach causing wrong acid flow leading to heartburn and thus, insomnia.
Fortified Cereal: Good
Complex, or good, carbs in general are great sleep promoters. Cereal, together with milk, can be eaten before bed for better sleep. Complex carbs are also found in barley, buckwheat and quinoa.
Wine or any other form of alcohol is especially horrible to drink before bed, not only does it delay sleeping, it worsens the quality of sleep and causes you to wake up multiple times a night. Alcohol also induces snoring which will also affect your partner’s sleep.
Bananas contain carbohydrates, which aids sleep as mentioned above. They also contain magnesium and potassium which relaxes your muscles for better slumber.
Spices are found to demolish your sleep and keep you awake all night. Additionally, they’ll provoke heartburns.