6 Worst Foods To Eat Before Bedtime

by Jillian See
FOOD  |  May 22, 2018
  • Want sweet dreams? Avoid these foods in the few hours before you hit the bed.
    1 / 7 Want sweet dreams? Avoid these foods in the few hours before you hit the bed.

    How well you sleep affects your overall mood and productivity throughout the day. If you often find yourself struggling to fall asleep, your diet may be to blame. Try ditching these five foods before bedtime for a good night of sleep.

    (Also read: 5 Reasons Why You Still Feel Crazy Tired After Sleeping For 7-8 Hours a Night)


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  • Fatty foods
    2 / 7 Fatty foods

    If you think eating high-fat foods will satiate you till morning, think again. Fats take a long time to digest, making your body work doubly hard to break down the food when it should be relaxing and getting ready for bed. Eating fatty foods and sleeping right after often causes indigestion and bloating, keeping you wide awake well into the night. In the few hours before you sleep, steer clear of all sorts of high-fat foods such as deep-fried snacks and ice cream, and even foods with healthy fats like avocado.

    (Also read: 7 Foods to Avoid if You Have High Cholesterol)

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  • Alcohol
    3 / 7 Alcohol

    You might think that alcohol is one way to get drowsy and put you to sleep faster. You’ll get your shut-eye, but the truth is, drinking booze affects your REM sleep. A researcher at London Sleep Centre mentioned that alcohol is disruptive to sleep especially in the second half of the night – during your deep sleep. REM sleep is a cycle that happens several times in your sleep, each time putting you into deeper sleep. REM sleep is said to be beneficial for learning, memory and mood.

    (Also read: Turning Red After Drinking Alcohol? Bad News: You’re At A Higher Risk of Gastrointestinal Cancer)

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  • Sugary foods
    4 / 7 Sugary foods

    It’s hard to avoid desserts especially when you have a sweet tooth. However, eating sugary foods close to bedtime will cause a sudden spike in blood sugar levels that will come crashing just as fast. Instead of making you sleepy, lethargy and restlessness will set in, leading to a more disrupted sleep. Aim to have your treat at least three hours before bedtime.

    (Also read: 7 Local Desserts That Have Less Than 200 Calories Per Serving)


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  • Water
    5 / 7 Water

    It seems more beneficial than harmful to drink water, but gulping down right before bed means frequent trips to the toilet. The constant need to pee during the wee hours interrupts your sleep cycle, making you feel less than well-rested in the morning. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day, instead of waiting till night time to replenish your fluids.


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  • Citrus fruits
    6 / 7 Citrus fruits

    Citrus fruits are naturally diuretic, causing you to urinate more often after eating them. Eating these fruits can also easily cause you indigestion or acid reflux – when the acid production in your stomach is upset, resulting in bloatedness and persistent hiccups and burps. Avoid eating these fruits at night to get quality sleep. If you must eat fruits, opt for bananas. Bananas have high levels of magnesium and potassium, electrolytes that are responsible for muscle relaxation, to get you in the mood to sleep.

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  • Tea
    7 / 7 Tea

    We all love tea and its metabolism-boosting benefits, but steer clear of drinking a cuppa before bed. On top of the usual caffeine found in teas, stimulants such as theobromine and theophylline will cause you to restlessly toss and turn in bed, by increasing your heart rate and anxiety levels. Swop your tea for a cup of warm milk that contains tryptophan, an amino acid that induces sleep. Alternatively, opt for caffeine-free teas like chamomile tea.

    (Also read: 9 Energy-Boosting Drinks (Besides Coffee) to Stay Awake at Work)

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