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Having Trouble Sleeping? These Foods Could Be Keeping You Awake at Night

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Do you ever find yourself having trouble sleeping? Bouts of insomnia are the worst. Maybe you even resort to snacking during those late awake hours, as many of us tend to do.

However, the foods you’re eating at night may be making your sleep problem worse, not better, some research says.

According to The New York Post, there are a handful of foods (and drinks) you’ll want to steer clear of if you’re looking to catch a real night’s rest.

A Mount Sinai associate professor of sleep medicine, Dr. Neomi Shah, explained that research shows spicy foods may “result in changes in sleep.”

 

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Hot foods tend to invoke heartburn and upset stomach, so keep that in mind before heading for those ghost peppers before bed.

Do you think some of these foods could be keeping you from sleep?

It’s also important to note that spicier foods can spike body temperature. No one likes to sleep when they’re too hot, right? Lay off the curry and swap it for a cup of chamomile tea instead.

According to Healthline, chamomile tea is more than just a relaxing herbal drink. This tea actually “contains apigenin, an antioxidant that binds to certain receptors in your brain that may promote sleepiness and reduce insomnia.”

 

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If insomnia truly is a major issue for you, take a look at the bad fats you’re consuming, especially right before climbing underneath the covers.

Who doesn’t love a late night fry and nugget run to McDonald’s? Life is busy and for the working parent especially, flying through the drive-thru for a late dinner can sometimes give you peace of mind.

 

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We all need our food a little faster sometimes, but it doesn’t have to come at the expense of our rest. Try making a peanut butter sandwich, an apple or some scrambled eggs instead.

Everyday Health suggests these are just a few of the bedtime snack foods that might help usher you off to dreamland in no time.

These foods come recommended by pediatrician William Sears, M.D., author of “The Baby Sleep Book.” Everyday Health says foods with the amino acid tryptophan help produce serotonin — our brain’s sleep chemical and best friend until the sun comes up.

 

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Two more foods you should consider avoiding if you’re playing sleep catch-up are simple starches and fruits and vegetables with a lot of water content.

Carbs are known to induce what we all know as a “food coma,” but they can also raise your blood sugar, which can often leave you restless.

 

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Shah notes that “if you’re going to eat foods that induce diuresis, have that earlier in the day.”

Stay away from that late night watermelon or you may be waking to a call from mother nature.

Finally, while alcohol may seem relaxing, Shah says the data shows otherwise and explains too many glasses of the stuff “reduces REM sleep.”

In the end, we all want a refreshing good night’s sleep and to wake up feeling restored in the morning. We want to feel rested and awake when we wake.

Try cutting some of these things out if you’re facing sleeping woes. You may find it’s your diet, and not your neighbor’s dog, that’s keeping you up at all hours.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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