The foods you love may be sabotaging your sleep.

The foods you love may be sabotaging your sleep.

As reported in an October 18th MDLinx article, be mindful of consuming the following before bed:

• High-carb foods: A study published in the Lancet found that consuming a high-carb, low-fat diet led to less slow-wave sleep, compared with a low-carb, high-fat diet or a balanced diet. All the diets tested had an equal number of calories.


• High-glycemic foods: Finishing a rich dessert might make you feel sleepy, but it doesn’t mean you’ll get a good night’s rest. Refined carbs are easily digested by the body, which can lead to surges in blood sugar and crashes that can keep you up. 


• High-fat food: This isn’t limited to fried food. Healthy fats, such as avocado and fish, also can interrupt sleep, the article stated. One reason: high-fat foods activate digestion, which can lead to nighttime trips to the bathroom.


• Caffeine: Little surprise here. Caffeine increases heart rate and nervousness. And the effects linger. One study found that a moderate consumption of caffeine (400 mg) within six hours of bedtime can disrupt sleep.


• Alcohol: Researchers have studied the effects of alcohol on sleep since 1939. High intakes can interrupt REM sleep.


• Acidic foods: These can trigger indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux, which all interfere with sleep. Watch out for tomatoes, in particular. In addition to a high acid content, tomatoes contain tyramine, which triggers the brain to release a stimulant that increases brain activity.