Foods That Can Help or Hurt Your Sleep

Heading into slumber land is definitely easier on some nights, but difficult on others. Why is that? Chances are it may be because of your foods. Check out this compiled list of what can aid your sleep or negatively affect it.

What Helps:

Tryptophan-Rich Foods- Never heard of it? Well, you can find tryptophan in milk, nuts, seeds, bananas, honey and more! Generally, dairy items contain the tryptophan amino acid, which helps promote sleep.

Carbs: According to WebMD carbohydrate-rich foods complement dairy foods by increasing the level of sleep-inducing tryptophan in the blood.

A snack before hitting the mattress: Never go to bed on an empty stomach as you’re depriving your body the entire night of energy. While we don’t encourage this as an excuse to indulge, a little food in your stomach may make you feel comfortable and help you sleep.

What Doesn’t Work:

Full Stomachs: Going to bed on a full stomach can lead to feeling bloated and cause discomfort when you’re trying to fall asleep.

High-Fat Foods: Items like burger and fries and other fatty goods can cause disruption in your sleep cycle because they are harder to digest.

Caffeine: We know you’re not hitting the coffee at night, but it’s the little things like caffeinated soda, chocolate or some teas can prevent you from falling asleep. Try to cut out these items 6 hours before you go to bed.

Alcohol: While alcohol seems like it helps you fall asleep faster, it can lead to a disruptive sleep. Alcohol dehydrates your body, which can lead to headaches, night sweats and more.  According to WebMD, if you’re consuming alcohol in the evening, balance each drink with a glass a water to dilute the alcohol’s effects.

Spicy Foods: This can upset your stomach, which means more trips to the bathroom.


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