World Sleep Day: Here’s a list of foods to avoid for a good night’s sleep

As we know World Sleep Day is being celebrated today, and there are certain foods and drinks that can make it difficult for you to sleep properly.

So here is a list of foods to avoid to get a good night’s sleep:

1) Tomatoes

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This veggie can inhibit your sleep due to two reasons. Firstly, it contains tyramine, an amino acid that is said to stimulate brain activity and will keep you awake.

Secondly, tomatoes are acidic in nature. Consuming them just before bed can cause indigestion and acidity. This is also why you must avoid other citrus foods like oranges before sleeping.

2) White bread

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Research has shown that such foods could be linked with a higher risk of insomnia. High GI foods cause blood sugar levels to spike rapidly.

This could affect your ability to sleep peacefully. It may also cause inflammation, thus hampering your sleep quality.

3) Spicy foods

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Spicy foods may lead to an increase in body temperature, which can negatively affect sleep. Certain spicy foods can cause acid reflux and other gut issues. 

Any form of indigestion is bound to lead to a restless night. This is also why you should avoid junk or processed foods before sleeping. Such dishes are not easy on your stomach and may cause an imbalance in pH levels. These foods may not only affect your night but also your morning. You may wake up to feelings of heartburn.

4) Ice cream

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Unfortunately, ice cream is high in fats and sugar, both of which hamper your sleep. Foods that contain a lot of fats are believed to keep you awake, as your body requires more time to digest it properly.

Foods high in sugar have been associated with insomnia. They also affect insulin levels, which may lead to disturbed sleep. 

5) Chocolate

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You also should avoid chocolatey desserts before bedtime. Certain types of chocolate contain tyrosine, which can keep you alert. Dark chocolate contains theobromine, a compound known to increase heart rate.

This can also affect your ability to fall asleep. Its caffeine content may also lead to a restless night. Packaged chocolates are also high in sugar.  

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