6 Foods To Avoid If You Want To Sleep Well

Sleep repairs, rejuvenates, and strengthens your body. You need to sleep decently if you want to feel good.

People try drugs, supplements, and healthy habits like exercise and meditation to improve their sleep. But could your diet also play a role in how well you sleep? Yes!

Certain foods (and eating habits) make it harder for you to get a good night’s rest. Below is a list of suggestions. Afterwards, we’ll take a look at a few foods that can help you fall asleep faster.

Foods and Habits that Destroy Sleep

Stay away from:

1. Overeating.

Eating more calories than you need has been correlated with poor sleep quality in studies 1. Poor sleep quality is correlated with obesity as well 1.

Don’t be one of the millions of people who eat too much and don’t exercise. If you are, your sleep quality will suffer.

2.Too Many Processed Carbohydrates

Stick to fruits, veggies, and whole grains for carbohydrate sources because eating candies and high-carb starches like noodles and white breads can reduce sleep quality 1.

3. Spicy Foods at Night

 If you have a sensitive stomach, you might want to skip very spicy foods at night. The gastrointestinal discomfort could keep you up or interrupt your sleep.

    4. Alcohol

    Even though people use alcohol to lull themselves to sleep, it can disrupt sleep quality. Alcohol can have stimulating effects at low to moderate doses and drinking at “happy hour,” even six hours before bed, tends to disrupt sleep 2.

    Drinking heavily can have a sedating effect, but let’s be honest. Alcohol is terrible for your health, and it’s not worth it. Alcohol can suppress the brain-renewing REM sleep cycle (the cycle in which you dream) 2.

    5. Too Much Coffee

    In 2017, a review of medical literature concluded that coffee consumption was correlated, in a variety of ways, with poor sleep quality 3. Arousal and sleep interruptions increase, and the time spent in your sleep cycles decreases 3. That’s not good!

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    6. Too Much Sugary Drinks

    Sugary caffeinated drinks are associated with getting less sleep 4,5. Sugary drinks are closely tied to obesity as well, which hurts sleep quality 4.

    Your body was meant to be fed only high-fiber foods like veggies and fruits, not the fiberless high-sugar drinks that immediately spike your blood sugar. Fiber helps slow down sugar release into your blood. Imbalances in blood sugar, like having high or low blood sugar, can interrupt your sleep.

    Foods that Actually Help With Sleep

    Not all food is bad for your sleep. Here are some snacks that help lull you to sleep, and we’ll tell you why they help fight sleeplessness.

    1. Tart Cherry

    Cherries (especially tart cherries) contain melatonin, and researchers have put cherries to the test to see if they improve sleep quality. Consistently, cherry consumption raised the levels of melatonin in people’s urine, a sign that the melatonin levels in your body can be raised by cherries 1. Also, cherries improved sleep quality, and reduced insomnia.

    2. Kiwi Fruit

    Kiwi also contains melatonin, and when people consumed two kiwi fruits an hour before bed for four weeks, sleep quality “significantly” improved and participants had fewer  interruptions in their sleep 1.

    Researchers think the serotonin and folate content of kiwis help increase calming neurotransmitters that induce sleep 1. That’s right, kiwis actually contain the feel good and calming neurotransmitter serotonin 1. They are one of the few fruits that can boast high serotonin content. 

      3. Pumpkin Seeds

        Get some delicious and creamy pumpkin seed butter or a bag of sprouted pumpkin seeds, and eat a bit at night before bed. Pumpkin seeds are one of the densest sources of magnesium, and they have a high level of tryptophan, the precursor to the calming neurotransmitter serotonin and sleep-inducing melatonin.

          4. Milk


            It’s been traditionally held that milk improves sleep.  If you’re a fan of milk, you might want to have a glass before bed because some research shows that it makes it easier to fall asleep 6.

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            Evan Burns

            MSC in Nutrition

            Evan Burns

            MSC in Nutrition

            Evan has years of experience researching and writing about the health effects of food and nutritional supplements.

            He is especially passionate about nutritional pharmacology and the bioavailability, efficacy, and actions of supplements. He wants to spread knowledge about how effective diet and supplements can be at treating ailments and promoting well-being.

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