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Worst Foods for Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 21, 2013 3:32:00 PM

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In today’s fast pace lifestyle, it is easy to lose sleep over so many things: work, kids, a social life. Stress is one of the most cited reasons for why people can’t sleep,. But often there can be another factor that you aren’t considering, and that’s your diet. Certain foods can significantly effect how you’re sleeping.

Here are five foods you should avoid before bed:

Red Meat
Normally after a nice juicy steak, the first thing we want to do is put on some sweats and hunker down on the couch for a little siesta. The problem is that red meat is loaded with proteins and fats that will keep your body hard at work all night. Red meats can be great for the body, just not right before bed.

Celery
Celery is a natural diuretic which means it’s going to make you have to get up to use the restroom more than normal. Diuretics elevate the rate of urination because they push water through the system. Veggies are the most nutrient-rich foods you can fuel your body with, but if you want to sleep through the night, avoid celery.

Dark Chocolate
Avoid that chocolate on the pillow at your hotel! Although dark chocolate is the healthiest form of chocolate from an antioxidant perspective, it’s also loaded with high levels of caffeine. So, if your aiming for a good night’s sleep, dark chocolate is a food that should be left out of your late night snacking.

Spicy Foods
As tempting as that spicy mexican food is, try and avoid it right before bedtime. Indigestion, which spicy food brings on, will make it almost impossible for anyone to get a good nights sleep.

Sleep better and feel more organized during the day by avoiding these sleep-sabotaging foods.

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