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5 Foods To Avoid Eating Before Bed For A Goodnight Rest

Maybe, the reason why you can’t sleep isn’t because witches are chasing you. Rather, the food you’ve been eating before bed are causing all the troubles.

Here we’ve put together a list of 5 foods to avoid in order to have a restful night.

1. Ice cream

Ice cream is high in sugar, which can spike your insulin levels and high insulin levels have been shown to make it difficult to fall asleep. Beyond that, most folks eat ice cream late at night—as opposed to at, like, six pm. Late night snacking on ice cream can lead to increased cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone that can make it difficult to fall asleep as well.

2. Chocolate

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that chocolate treat after dinner isn’t doing you any favors. Like coffee, dark chocolate also contains caffeine which can increase arousal, prevent your body from shutting down, and decrease your ability to develop and sustain deeper stages of sleep. 

3. Soda

We’ve all heard it before: soda is really just not good for you. Despite it’s scary side effects, it’s also awful for falling asleep. It’s full on sugar, which leaves you wide awake, and has even been connected to restless sleep.

4. Alcohol

Alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, but you might not sleep well, waking up often, tossing and turning, and even having headaches, night sweats and nightmares. It can help to down a glass of water for each alcoholic drink, to dilute the alcohol’s effects. But for a good night’s sleep, it’s better to avoid alcohol 4 to 6 hours before bedtime.

5. Coffee

This one should come as no surprise, but it’s actually your afternoon coffee drinking that can have more of an effect on your sleep than you would expect. Caffeine can remain in your system for hours, so it’s best to avoid it for several hours before going to bed.

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