5 Foods That Sabotage Your Sleep

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If you're having trouble sleeping, what about a midnight snack? It can be a good idea. But be careful to avoid these five foods that can *prevent* you from getting a good night's rest:

1. Preserved and smoked meats. Slap your hand away when it reaches to make a ham sandwich as an evening snack. Ham, bacon, sausages, and smoked meats contain high levels of the amino acid tyramine, which triggers the brain to release norepinephrine, a brain stimulant that makes us feel alert and wired.

2. Chocolate. Love an evening cup of cocoa? That sundae in front of the TV? Be careful of chocolate in all its disguises. Many people are increasingly sensitive to caffeine as they get older, and even the little chocolate chunks in chocolate chip ice cream could zap you just enough to prevent ZZZZs. Chocolate also contains tyrosine, a stimulating amino acid.

3. Energy drinks. Red Bull and other energy drinks are high in caffeine as well as the amino acid taurine, which boosts alertness and adrenaline. Recent studies have shown that even if you drink energy drinks early in the day, the combined high dosage of taurine and caffeine can make it hard to sleep, or to sleep well, later on.

4. Tomato sauce, chili, pizza, and spicy foods. Digestive disturbances are a common source of sleep problems, but many people fail to make the connection. Acidic and spicy foods can cause reflux, heartburn, and other symptoms that interrupt sleep.

5. The nightcap. A drink or two may make you feel more relaxed after dinner, but it comes back to haunt you -- literally -- a few hours later, by preventing you from achieving deep sleep. And because alcohol both dehydrates you and makes you have to pee, it wakes you up, too. Wine is high in the stimulant tyrosine as well.


 

 


10 months ago, said...

Meow, what I want is to AVOID sleep.


almost 2 years ago, said...

Useful to know. But what about the student haunted by sleep while studies, should he use this?I would be grateful to be answered


about 2 years ago, said...

Thankfully these items are not on my radar! I attended a lecture the other day by a medical herbalist, who advised that charging your mobile phone in the bedroom can seriously affect your sleep. I have always had my mobile on charge in the bedroom overnight. I have since moved my phone well away from the Bedroom and really found that I slept much better. I hope that this hint may also help some readers.


about 2 years ago, said...

My Mother has dementia and has a difficult time expressing her pain. Is this a symptom of her disease?


about 2 years ago, said...

I don't eat these foods after supper but extended cerebral focus on unfinished chores keep me up till late hours. But it was good to take a note that under any circumstances, I should avoid snacking on them.


over 2 years ago, said...

You don't associate those things with keeping you awake particularly but it makes sense to keep away with your very clear description.


over 3 years ago, said...

First, you tell me what I should not snack on before going to bed, but you don't provide any ideas on what would enhance my sleep...almost like telling me my car needs fuel, without telling me if it is gas, diesel, hi octane, low octane, etc...also you are not telling us the whole story about snacking before retiring, i.e., the time gap between snacking and sleeping...you see, I have been doing my own research and your information is incomplete.


over 3 years ago, said...

I find this very interesting....basically what I am being told is: DON'T SNACK BEFORE GOING TO BED...you tell me what I shouldn't snack on, but you don't tell me what I can snack on...is there something wrong with this picture....go back to the drawing board dietician...provide me with both sides of the story here....not just one....by the way...none of the items you listed affect my sleep...especially caffine products...I sleep like a baby no matter what.....


over 3 years ago, said...

I had no idea chocolate may disturb your sleep. Very helpful.


over 3 years ago, said...

Since I often am not a good sleeper, the pointers on foods that prevent or disturb sleep is very much appreciated. Thank you. By the way, have you learned that Kombucha prevents or greatly discourages cancer (tumor growth) in the body? See my blog, www.simplehealthsense.com. Mary Ann (HealthSenseMamma)


over 3 years ago, said...

What's the best way to lose belly fat?


almost 4 years ago, said...

I have sleep apnea. Mine is cenral sleep apena. Losing weight and all of that won't help mine, but it's good to know that chocolate and smoked meats can kick in just plain old can't sleep. I have to avoid chocolate 'cos I'm also diabetic, since I also have multiple sclerosis, I don't know how to keep from getting up at least twice a night to urinate.....M.S. bladder is big problem!


about 4 years ago, said...

I have recently totally revamped my attitudes and habits as I am dealing with chronic pain myself and have a son(29) and a mother(77) with health and sleep issues. Healthy eating/sleeping habits can be seriously affected by medication changes and may take weeks to adjust.


about 4 years ago, said...

LOL, I love your style, Peace&Luv! It's, like, hello pepperoni pizza and spiked chocolate smoothie for breakfast! Actually, I think this is all case-dependent, since not everyone's bodies will work the same way. Like, my definition of "spicy" would be way off many people's definition, since I can eat raw jalapeños and not have a problem with it, plus I can consume chocolate (or anything else with caffeine) and fall asleep within 30 minutes. OTOH, I have noticed that I'm a bit more reticent to fall asleep after snacking on some salami and I do notice that one of those energy shot-type drinks (e.g. 5-Hour Energy) does prevent me from wanting to fall asleep for a long time (which is kinda their aim, actually). As for that nightcap -- well, since I don't normally drink that's not a problem for me, but when I do, I can only drink until I'm buzzed and then I need to lie down because I can't handle it anymore. That's just my body not being able to tolerate much alcohol, though.


about 4 years ago, said...

Wow! Now I kno wit 2 hav 4 brkfst ;-)


about 4 years ago, said...

Hi, Melanie. Good, useful information; thanks. I'm wondering though - and with all due respect - why the word "pee" was used when the correct term is urinate. Five year-olds say "pee"...It seems like a "dumbing down" of the English language...


about 4 years ago, said...

i was surprised about chocolate!! i have a piece of Dove chocolate every nite while getting ready for bed.


about 4 years ago, said...

Didn't think there was enough chocolate in candy to prevent good sleep. I have no trouble going to sleep....staying asleep is the problem, so, after thinking of that perhaps chocolate isn't my problem. :(


about 4 years ago, said...

Did not realise effects of 1,2,or 5. Thank you. RLS


about 4 years ago, said...

Is it true that at the 'cheese myth' can give you nightmares should you eat some cheese before bed?


about 4 years ago, said...

Had no idea about the preserved meats....the rest was pretty straight forward


about 4 years ago, said...

Good stuff to know.


about 4 years ago, said...

Good for me because I often have sleeping trouble.


about 4 years ago, said...

Avoiding chocolate at night was new to me.


about 4 years ago, said...

Chili and Pizza are 2 foods that I eat at night.


over 4 years ago, said...

Not that I indulge in these items late in the day I think many probably would and this article would be beneficial


over 4 years ago, said...

I guess a ham sandwich lunch will keep me going without the afternoon blahs, but ham for dinner is now a no-no. Good to know! The rest I knew ;-)


over 4 years ago, said...

Thank You , for your helpful sleeping problems also nutrition help .I love things that I can read to help me out and understand them . thanks for your help looking forward for some more information .


over 4 years ago, said...

known this for years. thought you would have something different on the subject


over 4 years ago, said...

So..don't drink energy drinks before bed...got it.


over 4 years ago, said...

nothing maybe a few more good things to do before bed as well


over 4 years ago, said...

Thank you for the great help and information.


over 4 years ago, said...

Great Article, although I would like to make two corrections. Tyramine and Taurine are NOT amino acids. Amino acids contain both an amino and carboxyl groups. In fact, Tyramine is derived from Tyrosine, an amino acid.


over 4 years ago, said...

Tyramine itself is not an amino acid. It is derived from the amino acid Tyorsine.


over 4 years ago, said...

"Makes you have to pee." So, are you, like, 12?


over 4 years ago, said...

what kinda stupid list is this?! "Energy Drinks" ....well DUUUUUUH!! I'm surprised they didnt put cocaine laced cookies on here


over 4 years ago, said...

Energy drinks and alcohol should not be categorized as foods. They are drugs, pure and simple.