We’re all aware of the fact that we are supposed to take 7-8 hours of sleep every night. And yet, many of us spend our night binge-watching or tossing and turning in bed. When you wake up the next morning, you feel tired and fatigued as you drag yourself out of bed to get through the day.
If that sounds relatable to you, it’s time to start noticing your eating habits. Yes, you read that right. Experts believe that certain foods can result into sleepless nights and cause insomnia. According to a study from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, NY, suggests that a diet rich in carbohydrates and sugar can cause insomnia. This research was later published in The American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition. In the study author James Gangwisch, PhD explained why it happens and wrote, “When blood sugar is raised quickly, your body reacts by releasing insulin, and the resulting drop in blood sugar can lead to the release of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which can interfere with sleep.”
Let’s start with the obvious, we all know that consuming coffee late at night keep us awake. In fact, experts believe that caffeine can stay in our blood for longer than you can expect, so, it is recommended not to consume it after 2 pm
Who doesn’t crave something sweet before sleeping? We all do. But ice creams are loaded with fats and sugar which our immune system won’t be able to digest and can disrupt your sleep.
Gorging on a piece of dark chocolate may satiate your sugar cravings, but do you know that it can prevent you from falling asleep? Chocolates contain caffeine, which can increase arousal, keep you awake whole night!
Cauliflower or Broccoli
Being healthy by eating green veggies has a time and place and it is definitely not before going to bed. Broccoli and cauliflower contain a compound tryptophan which sabotages our sleep.
Some of us may dream about baked food, but high-fat food like pizza can keep you awake whole night. Eating one slice before bed may not be enough to keep you awake, but eating an entire pizza may push your digestive system into overdrive and can cause heartburn ― both of which are enough to disrupt your sleep.
A nightcap may seem like a good idea, especially if you are unable to sleep, but remember when you get sober, you are more likely to wake up in the middle of the night and won’t be able to fall asleep again.