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Foods That Harm Your Sleep

Get to know foods that harm your sleep, foods that help you sleep and the importance and benefits of sleeping.

Sleep is important to overall health and well-being. Having a good night sleep makes us feel energetic and alert, our thoughts are clearer, we feel lighter and happier, our reactions faster, and it puts us to good mood mode the whole day. There are so many incredible benefits of having a good night sleep.

• It reduces stress

• Helps to repair the body

• Improves your memory

• Helps keep the heart healthy

• Helps you lose weight

These are just a few of the many benefits of getting enough sleep. What is recommended is to get at least 8 – 9 hours of sleep for us to function at our best. But there are those days when we just can’t fall asleep. Studies show that what we eat affects our sleep.

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High-fat foods doesn’t only allow you to gain weight, it also disrupts your sleep. The more fat you consume each day, the less likely you are to get a good night's sleep and the more times you wake up, tossing and turning, throughout the night. It gives greater chance of abnormal breathing while sleeping, and less time spent in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep each night. The more REM sleep you get, the more energetic you will feel the next day. REM sleep is the sleep state during which dreaming occurs; it helps to restore your body after a stressful day at work or in school.

When we say high-fat foods we mean burger, fries, cheese, eggs, bacon, butter and ice cream to name a few. Better avoid eating too much of these. Remember that anything you eat in excess is bad for your health.

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Foods with caffeine can cause sleep disturbances. Caffeine is a stimulant; most people use it after waking up in the morning or to remain alert during the day. Once in the body, caffeine will persist for several hours: it takes about 6 hours for one half of the caffeine to be eliminated. Coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, and cola has caffeine so, it is advisable to cut your caffeine intake in the afternoon.

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Some prescription drugs contain caffeine too that’s why some medicines interferes with sleep or causes insomnia. Pain relievers, weight loss pills, diuretics, and cold medicines are examples of drugs that contain caffeine. They may have as much or even more caffeine than coffee.

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Alcohol in the evening may help you sleep faster, but you may experience frequent awakenings, less restful sleep, headaches, night sweats and nightmares. Alcohol consumed at bedtime, after an initial stimulating effect, may decrease the time required to fall asleep. Studies show that a moderate dose of alcohol consumed as much as 6 hours before bedtime can increase wakefulness during the second half of sleep. With continued consumption just before bedtime, alcohol's sleep-inducing effect may decrease, while its disruptive effects continue or increase. This sleep disruption may lead to daytime fatigue and sleepiness.

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Spicy foods studies show lead to poor sleep. According to the International Journal of Psychophysiology, after eating a spicy meal in the evening, your body temperature rise during sleep and you spend less time in both the light phase of sleep known as Stage 2 and the deep, slow-wave Stages 3 and 4. This means you experience less sleep and took longer to drift off.

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A relaxing smoke before bedtime will keep you awake in the middle of the night. Cigarette has nicotine, a stimulant. It has similar effect as caffeine to our body.

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If you want to have a good night sleep, it is advisable to drink a warm glass of milk because it’s rich in tryptophan, a sleep-promoting substance. If you want to have some late night snacks, go for a bowl of cereal and milk, yogurt and crackers, or bread and cheese. Remember that it should be light on the tummy. These carbohydrate-rich foods complement dairy foods like milk. It increases the level of sleep-inducing tryptophan in the blood. This will give you a better and restful sleep throughout the night.

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If you’re having problems with sleeping then maybe you should check what you were eating, drinking, or if you had been smoking before bedtime because all of these affect your sleep.

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Comments (12)

8-9 hours "per night?" I get that per week!

nice article. i will keep this in mind, i only get an average of hrs sleep a day. voted up.

Nice share. Shared in facebook.

Learn a lot from all these. I once ate too much white pepper that I felt the heat in my body rise during the night.^_^ A very well presented post Alma.

With our varied trends of living and mixed up lifestyle we became a melting pot of toxic chemicals treated to our food supply from the pesticides in growing fruits and vegetables to the packed foods we buy. Excellent presentation, Alma. It's great having you back.

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Thanks to all who gave their comments ^_^

Excellent post Alma, it seems you're in good health now, keep up the good work and take it easy.

good job... thanks

Thanks for the information, especially for an insomniac like me!

A brilliant discussion. Thank you Alma for this very well researched article.

Thanks for this great article. I badly need it. Now I know which types of food not to eat before I go to bed.

Great article. Thanks for sharing.