Foods That Disrupt Your Sleep & Keep You Up At Night

Some foods will keep you from getting a good night's sleep.

Some foods will keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.

They are out there.  Foods that disrupt your sleep.  And contrary to current lingo and slang, the meat sweats are not a real thing.  With that said, red meat can disrupt your sleep… but the ‘sweats’ are not part of it.

Everybody wants a good night’s sleep.  It starts with having a good bed, a good pillow, and a comfortable humidity level you are used to.  Sleep, good sleep, helps people deal with stress and improves daily brain function which is important for work and family life.

Where you sleep and what sleep you at night is important, but so is the food you eat.

Foods That Disrupt Your Sleep

There are foods out there that can go a long way to messing up your ability to sleep.  Largely it is the foods’s impact on your digestive system that affects you.  Everybody needs to get a certain amount of sleep.  Age can play a factor in your sleep, as well as food.

Here are some foods you may want to avoid several hours before your usual bedtime.  Some are obvious, some may not be.

Coffee: We all should know that coffee has caffeine in it.  Caffeine invigorates the body and will keep you awake.  Along with coffee there are many soft drinks that also contain a great deal of caffeine.

Tea: Although tea doesn’t contain the same amount of caffeine as in coffee, it still has more then enough to keep you awake at night.  Some teas advertise they are good to help soothe and calm you down, and they usually don’t have large amounts of caffeine.

Dark chocolate: Yet again we are talking about caffeine here, and sugar.  Both are going to wake you up and keep your metabolism elevated.

Spicy food: Here ware are talking about getting indigestion.  I suffer from this one.  There are foods I used to be able to eat when I was younger, but now that I am in my mid-forties I still like to eat them, but avoid doing so after 4pm.

Alcohol: It’s social acceptable to have a little nightcap before bed.  But did you know that small doses of alcohol can lead to sleep loss?  It’s true.  Alcohol causes increases in your brain activity and elevates your body temperature – that it turn can result in disturbed sleep.  Of course, drink enough and become a slobbering drunkard and you will sleep, but you’ll wake up with a hangover.  And the sleep you would have gotten will not be very good, as alcohol reduced REM and SWS sleep patterns.

Most people consider a glass of wine a relaxing nightcap before bed. Drinking before bedtime has been a norm since ages, and several people still follow it. But did you know that any kind of alcoholic drink before bed leads to loss of sleep? This is because alcohol causes an increase in brain activity and body temperature, resulting in disturbed sleep. Alcohol has been found to reduce the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and slow-wave sleep (SWS), which together are responsible for quality sleep.

Meat: Eating any big meal before bed can cause you some discomfort and keep you awake while early digestion is occuring.  Meat is slow to digest, and when your body is working to break it down you will have in increase in temperature (not the sweats), that can keep you awake.  To help with any meal digestion drink plenty of water… then you just need to worry about waking up in the middle of night to urinate.

 

Beyond The Foods

Sleeping on a good mattress will do wonders for you.  Spring loaded mattresses are not the best bed to sleep on.  They can be cheap, and they can be expensive.  If you have to get a spring loaded bed I would go as expensive as you can, you will be glad you did.

However, if looking to get a memory foam bed you can get one for an affordable price.  You don’t need to spend thousands on a tempur pedic mattress.  For a jut a few hundred dollars you can get a fantastic foam mattress with a ten year warranty.

Want to learn more?  Check out my Zinus Memory Foam Mattress review here.

TD

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