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Sleepy’s food tips: Three Foods & Drinks to Avoid Before Bed

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Sleepy’s food tips: Three Foods & Drinks to Avoid Before Bed

February 12th, 2018

‘Should I eat this before bed?

For the past couple of months we’ve been talking about foods that could help you sleep, but what about those meals and drinks we consume before bed that could be affecting your sleep health.

Below you will find three foods & drinks to avoid before bed.

1. Bacon cheeseburger

 The amount of fat in this specific fast food is definitely a sleep killer.

According to, Amanda Gardner “fat stimulates the production of acid in the stomach, which can spill up into your esophagus, causing heartburn. Fatty foods can also loosen the lower esophageal sphincter, the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus, making it even easier for acid to get in all the wrong places. In fact, there’s almost nothing to recommend this kind of high-fat, salt-laden indulgence if you want to preserve your health, including the quality of your sleep.

2. Alcohol

 “Alcohol of any kind is “terrible” for sleep”, says Rosenberg, Ph.D., CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. Why? “It metabolizes quickly in your system and causes you to wake up multiple times during the night.”

 Do you need more information? well Gardner shares that“one study found that a glass of bourbon or vodka mixed with caffeine-free soda at bedtime increased the amount of time women spent awake during the night by 15 minutes. It also reduced nightly sleep time by 19 minutes and diminished quality of sleep.”

 What else could alcohol possibly do wrong? IT MAKES YOU SNORE! According to Rosenberg “Alcohol makes snoring worse so it will impact you and your potential bed partner”.

 So maybe that glass of wine you have before bed every night might be affecting your sleep health.

3. Coffee

 Gardner says, “Coffee contains caffeine, which is a central nervous stimulant.” What does this mean? Having a cup of coffee too close to bedtime WILL keep you up at night.

Timothy Roehrs, Ph.D., a senior scientist with Henry Ford Sleep Disorder and Research Center in Detroit says “of course, people differ in their sensitivity to caffeine and that’s usually based on how much caffeine you’re accustomed to consuming.”

 If you are unaware of your tolerance avoid coffee close to your bedtime. Always remember that the best time to have a cup of coffee is between 9-10 am.

Sleep tip: Eating the right food before bed can mask the real issue to why you are having trouble falling asleep. The right mattress lays the foundation and is essential for a great night’s sleep. Ask us today about how you can find the best match for you.