img_9806If you have trouble drifting off and find yourself wide awake when you should be fast asleep, it is wise to think about what you are eating. Certain food and drink are best left alone before bed. 

Caffeine
This one seems obvious, but research from the Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders & Research Center in Detroit found that the energizing effects of caffeine last a lot longer than previously thought. Consuming drinks with caffeine up to six hours before bedtime shortens your slumber by an hour and messes with the soundness of your sleep.

It is obvious to stay away from coffee before bed if you are having trouble sleeping, but it is also important to remember that a lot of drinks contain caffeine. Be sure to check your drink for caffeine before consuming it around bedtime.

Chips & Salsa
This popular Netflix and chill snack is spicy, fried, and acidic, all three things that can cause middle-of-the-night heartburn for those prone to the condition. People who experience heartburn should avoid eating anything two hours before bed. Yet the tomatoes, vinegar, and jalapeño in salsa and the oil in chips are particularly bad for who suffer from heart burn.

If you are really craving a salty late night snack, try swapping the salsa for some mild guacamole.

Ice Cream
Everyone loves a good late night ice cream binge, but ice cream is high in fat and sugar and can have a horrible effect on sleeping patterns.

Sugar in ice cream can lead to erratic blood sugar levels throughout the night, which can cause uneven sleep patterns. If you are craving a late night snack, try protein rich foods like nuts and be sure to stay away from anything too sugary.

Alcohol
While many people believe that a glass of wine may help relax you enough to fall asleep, a study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine found that drinking alcohol interferes with the body’s natural clock. This affects sleeping and waking and results in an increased chance of waking up in the middle of the night.

Other research found that alcohol can alter your breathing patterns. This decreases the amount of time you can spend in deep sleep. This means that even if you do sleep the full eight hours, you might not feel refreshed.

Melon
If your sleep cycle is normally disturbed by having to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, you may want to avoid melon before bed. Melons are mostly water, eating 2 cups of melon is the equivalent of drinking about 11 ounces of liquid. Melons are also high in potassium, which encourages the body to release water.

You can opt for drier snacks like whole-grain crackers instead.

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