My working hours are quite irregular so eating late sometimes creeps into my lifestyle. If you find yourself in this situation, then take a look at the following foods. Eating these late at night could be interfering with your sleep and you may wake up in the morning feeling lethargic and groggy. These are the 5 worst foods to eat before bed.
1. Ice Cream, Cake and anything with lots of sugar
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, resist the urge to eat sugary food just before bed. The extra sugar will cause a spike in your blood sugar, making your energy levels jump and then plummet. This energy rollercoaster is the last thing you need to help you fall asleep.
2. Spicy Foods
Bedtime is not the time to eat spicy foods as they can interfere with your sleep. One reason for this is indigestion, but they may also raise your body temperature, which can lead to poor sleep quality.
A big juicy steak right before bed might sound tempting, but red meat takes a long time to digest. This means that when you should be sleeping, your body will have to be hard at work digesting this fatty, protein-laden meal. Not exactly a recipe for restful sleep.
4. Dark Chocolate
Ordinarily, dark chocolate is one of the best desserts to try, as it’s got the highest level of antioxidants of all types of chocolate. However, it’s also got the most caffeine, and if you eat it right before bed, you might as well just drink a cup of strong coffee along with it.
5. Citrus Fruits
Because citrus fruits are so acidic, they’re notorious for causing indigestion and heartburn – especially if you eat them and then go and lie down. Save your grapefruits and oranges for earlier in the day, and if you want fruit before bed, opt for cherries or a banana.
Ps/ Watch for the next blog post as I’ll be telling you what the 3 BEST foods to eat before bed!