Never Eat This At Bedtime

    Close-up of a woman's hand reaching for milk and cookies while sitting on a bedMilk is great for bedtime, right? Nothing wrong with a little nightcap, right? Maybe, maybe not.

    Eating in the evening is a topic filled with some very popular myths, and some rather surprising truths. So, if you want to know which foods to eat, and which to steer clear of for a good night’s sleep, keep reading…

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    Don’t Eat High-Fat Foods

    As if you needed another reason to avoid high-fat foods, research shows that people who often eat high-fat foods not only gain weight, they also experience a disruption of their sleep cycles. A heavy meal activates digestion, which can lead to nighttime trips to the bathroom.

    Don’t Eat or Drink Hidden Caffeine Sources

    It’s no surprise that an evening cup of coffee might disrupt your sleep. Even moderate caffeine can cause sleep disturbances. But don’t forget about less obvious caffeine sources, like chocolate, cola, tea, and decaffeinated coffee. For better sleep, cut all caffeine from your diet four to six hours before bedtime. Also, remember that some over-the-counter and prescription drugs contain caffeine, too, such as pain relievers, weight loss pills, diuretics, and cold medicines. These and other medications may have as much or even more caffeine than a cup of coffee. Check the label of nonprescription drugs or the prescription drug information sheet to see if your medicine interferes with sleep or can cause insomnia.

    Don’t Drink Alcohol

    Here’s the catch-22 with alcohol: It may help you fall asleep faster, but you may experience frequent awakenings, less restful sleep, headaches, night sweats and nightmares. If you’re consuming alcohol in the evening, balance each drink with a glass a water to dilute the alcohol’s effects. For a good night’s sleep, the better bet is to avoid alcohol four to six hours before bedtime.

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