There is nothing more annoying than a sleepless night after a long day of hard work. Lack of sleep or insomnia can be caused by several things, one of the reasons you may not be able to enjoy your sound sleep at night is the dinner you ate.
Some foods can promote good sleep while other foods will rob you out of good night sleep.
On the other hand, having the after lunch slump and struggling to resist it to stay focused to accomplish the work needed from you is not something desired either.
Knowing what foods cause your body to relax and want to sleep and what foods release sustainable energy in your blood will help you making the right meal options according to the time of the day.
Here’s a list if the best and worst foods to eat before bedtime.
Milk is one of the best things to enjoy before bedtime to drift off to sound sleep.
Milk contain amino acid tryptophan which promote the brain to produce serotonin, in return your nerves get soothed and you feel relaxed and sleepy.
One glass of unsweetened warm milk should be enough to help you have a full night sleep. Hence you shouldn’t really drink milk when you need to stay awake and focused to carry on mental or physical activities.
2- Cheeseburger and Processed Meats.
Lunch meats, bacon and cheeseburgers along with all foods that are rich in stratospheric fat content are guaranteed sleep killers.
The high fat content stimulate the production of stomach acids which get to leak up to the esophagus when you lay down causing heart burn which is guaranteed to break your deepest sleep.
Foods high in fat are bad to eat at any time of the day, even in the day time, the high fat content will make you unable to concentrate because your stomach will be using more blood than usual to help breaking down the fat resulting in less oxygen being delivered to the brain hence less mental clarity.
3- Jasmin Rice.
Jasmin is high in its glycemic index meaning that it gets digested slowly and releasing glucose in your bloodstream slowly.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating Jasmin rice four hours before bedtimes promoted the production if tryptophan which reduced the time one can take to fall asleep in half.
It is also good to eat Jasmin rice at anytime of the day because it helps to provide sustainable blood sugar levels and in return prevent sudden tiredness and sleepiness.
4- Dark Chocolate.
Dark chocolate won’t only provide you with calories and sugar but also caffeine which is a stimulant.
1.55 ounces if chocolate can contain about 12 milligrams of caffeine which is roughly as much found in 3 cups of decaffeinated coffee.
Therefore it is not wise to eat chocolate before bedtime, however it can be a good snack for your midday to give you a boost for the rest of the day.
Banana is great to eat at anytime of the day, in the daytime it will promote cognitive function and concentration. Before bedtime, banana will help to relax your muscles due to its content of magnesium and potassium.