Food and Sleep

Best and Worst Foods for Sleep

What you eat right before you sleep is as important as what you eat first thing in the morning. If you are having trouble sleeping, you may want to take a closer look at what you are eating before going to bed. We’ve made a list of the three worst foods and 3 best foods for sleep.

3 of the Worst Foods for Sleep

If you are having trouble sleeping, look at the foods you are eating before you go to bed. Here are 3 foods you should not eat before going to bed.

Caffeine

While coffee and soda can be tasty, drinking it at night can be compromising your sleep. Caffeine’s effects usually last 8-14 hours, so it’s best to cut off caffeine about 8 hours before you plan to sleep.

Chocolate

Chocolate bars have varying amounts of caffeine, but an average 2-ounce, 70 percent dark chocolate bar contains around 79 milligrams—over half of what’s in an 8-ounce cup of coffee. If chocolate is a must have for you, consider snacking on it earlier in the day so it won’t keep you awake.

Alcohol

It’s no secret that alcohol makes it hard for you to stay asleep so avoid drinking before bed.

3 of the Best Foods for Sleep

Below are three foods that can help you sleep better.

Bananas

Having trouble falling asleep? Grab a banana! Bananas are full of potassium which may help prevent nighttime leg cramps and restless legs. Plus, they contain magnesium which help to relax your muscles.

Kiwis

If you’re looking for a sweet treat before bed, then have a kiwi! Kiwis are rich in folate, and insomnia is one of the health issues that is a symptom of folate deficiency. Eat up because kiwis can only help you sleep better!

Almonds

A quick fix to a better night’s rest may be a handful of almonds. Almonds also contain magnesium to help relax your muscles and protein to help balance your blood sugar while sleeping.

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