Late-night eating can cause trouble falling asleep. Moreover, some foods and drinks amplify the restlessness at night.
Here are some foods you should steer clear of at night in order to insure you a nice restful sleep:
Dark chocolate and anything with caffeine
Dark chocolate contains caffeine, which can cause, if it’s consumed in large quantities, alertness and the jitters. This sweet threat contains also theobromine, which can increase your heart rate and also cause restlessness. All of which will make it harder to fall asleep if taken even 6 hours before bed, Business Insider reports.
Foods high in protein
The orexin in your brain, which helps control when we feel hungry or sleepy, is stimulated by the consumption of foods high in protein. The mice injected during a study with orexin became more active, while other researches revealed that people who don’t have enough orexin can suffer from narcolepsy.
The rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which occurs when we dream can be reduced by alcohol. It is a diuretic agent, so alcohol can also disturb your sleep because you might need to get up and pee in the middle of the night, and if you’re not already hydrated you’re going to have to pee more after just one beer.
Fatty and spicy foods
This kind of foods can trigger unpleasant heartburn, and can prevent you from going to sleep or can wake you up in the middle of the night.