It’s bedtime and you are feeling hungry so what should you eat? We often reach for the wrong bedtime snacks and think they are absolutely healthy, but then have trouble falling asleep without knowing the reason. Believe it or not, what you eat before going to bed can greatly affect your sleep quality.
Read on to discover some of the worst foods to eat before bedtime and make sure you avoid eating these things at all costs. Otherwise, you can gain undesirable body fat, disrupt your sleep and jeopardize your health.
- Nut butter:
Almond butter, peanut butter, or any other nut butter can cause weight gain if you make it a regular bedtime snack. Although numerous studies show that peanut butter can help lose weight, there are also researches that show peanut butter can cause weight gain.
I suggest you to drink a big glass of unsweetened almond milk. Almond milk contains calcium that will help take away your cravings, calm your nerves, and help you sleep better.
- Candy bars:
As tempting as candy bars might be, they are one of the worst things to eat before hitting the sack. A recent research has found that 7 out of 10 people who consumed junk foods such as candy bars before going to sleep were more likely to suffer from nightmares that night.
- Ice cream:
I’m sure ice cream is a favorite food of most of us. It actually comprises double-whammy properties. Ice cream is a great comforting food but it’s also one of the worst foods to consume before sleep. Even if you are trying to gain weight, don’t eat ice cream late at night. Ice creams are packed with fat that is digested at a slower rate, and it’s high in sugar that cause nightmares and can keep you up.
It may sound obvious, but you should never eat chips before going to sleep, especially if you want to drop a few unwanted pounds. Chips are one of those tasty foods that are difficult to stop eating. Stay away from chips in the evening when you are more likely to keep on and on, whether in front of the computer or television. It’s easier to lose count and overeat when you are distracted. Try snacking on some raw vegetables such as carrots and red bell peppers, or reach for a small handful of almonds.
- Red meat:
It’s not recommended to consume any meat before sleep, because it takes longer to digest. Red meat, especially processed meat, is particularly bad food to eat late at night. The thing is that red meat is packed with fats and proteins, which is not actually bad, but it keeps the body busy breaking down it the entire night, causing discomfort and sometimes cramping. Avoid a night full of twisting and turning and keep your systems at peace by eating healthy bedtime snacks.
If you’re trying to gain a few pounds, you can eat bread late at night. However, if you’re on a diet and trying to lose weight, stay away from this bedtime snack.
While one slice of your favorite pizza isn’t the end of the world, are you sure you can stop at only one slice? Yes, pizza is tasty and easy to make, but it contains mega calories so eating it right before bed will make you gain weight faster. The tomato sauce that layers your pizza contains high levels of acidity that can lead to acid reflux. Plus, the greasy toppings can give you heartburn. If you want to wake up in the middle of the night and stay awake until the morning, you can still eat your pizza before bedtime. But if you want to have a high quality sleep, avoid it at all costs.
While chocolate is not loaded with a lot of fat and sugar, it does contain caffeine. It also contains stimulants such as theobromine, which is well-known to make your heart race a little. Due to this you can stay awake at night and it can also cause sleep deprivation. People who don’t get enough sleep each night tend to suffer from high levels of cortisol, which can cause muscle tissues to break down.
- Too much fruit
Most of us find fruits to be a healthy thing to eat right before bedtime and I’m not saying a little serving of some fruit is bad. But too much fruit is lots of sugar and it can cause gas since the sugar ferments on top of any other food in your intestines. It’s hard on your digestion and can be very painful. Consume a small serving of your favorite fruit and see how you feel. It’s not recommended to eat more than a cup before bedtime.
If you are watching your weight, cereal is another food to avoid eating at night. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with eating one bowl of whole-grain cereal at night. Just stay away from sugary cereals, or you will get a sugar high right before bed and you can forget about a good night’s sleep.