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Sleep keeps your body healthy, your skin glowing, your mood up, and your productivity at its best. If you aren’t getting quality sleep, you’re probably spending your day yawning. But you don’t have to be.
You might think your sleep is an inevitable part of life - when you get tired, you just fall asleep, right? Nope! Even when your body is tired, your mind can keep you awake with its racing thoughts. As it turns out, most everything you do during the day plays a hand in how you sleep that night, even what you eat.
5 Foods To Avoid Before Bed
If you’ve ever laid in bed staring at the ceiling, begging your body to hit the off switch, you definitely don’t take your sleep for granted. There are a variety of things you can do to get a better night of sleep. Putting down your electronics, keeping your bedroom dark and cool, getting a mattress that meets your needs, and sticking to a wind down routine are a few simple ways to improve your sleep quality.
But if you are serious about better sleep, you should also consider skipping those tempting sweets and spicy snacks before bedtime. As enticing as a midnight snack may seem, they’re impacting your sleep more than you think.
Here are five foods to avoid before bed so you can sleep peacefully all night long:
Speaking of acid reflux, pizza is another nighttime no-no. Heavy carbs, copious amounts of fat, and acidic tomato sauce is the perfect combination for an upset stomach. Your stomach takes around three to four hours to clean itself up after a meal. Eating pizza right before bed leaves your tummy churning when you are trying to sleep.
Although this list has been hard to hear, it’s not all bad news. There are some yummy nighttime snacks that can actually improve your sleep. Next time you’re yearning for a treat, opt for lavender or chamomile tea, peanut butter toast, or a handful of white chocolate chips, nuts, or cherries. Swapping wine and ice cream for tea and toast before bedtime might just save your sleep.