Friday, October 12, 2012

What Not to Eat Before Catching Some Sleep

It's getting late. You know you need some sleep but there is a rumbling in your stomach and only a salty or sweet or salty and sweet snack will satisfy it. You slip on a robe and some fuzzy slipper and march down to the refrigerator. With so many choices, what will you do? Well, you can forget the foods below unless you want to spend your night counting sheep rather than catching sleep!

Chocolate: Chocolate tends to be a cure-all for many of us. I mean, they put it on everything! Chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate ice cream, chocolate yogurt... It never ends! With chocolate, your fatigue will also never end. It's packed full of sugar and caffeine that, even in the smallest amount, can jeopardize your sleep. Sure, you might crash later, but don't you want to sleep now?

French Fries: They're warm, they're salty, they're greasy and oh-so-tempting! But, trust us, you don't want them before bed. All of that salt and grease will just sit in your stomach, weighing you down all night. Plus, they can get so messy! You're just asking to get grease all over your hands and face so, right before bed, you're just asking for a break out. If you're really trying to get some rest, forgo the fries. Your stomach will feel better and you won't have to worry about washing all of the grease from your fingers and face to lower your risk of clogged pores.

Beans: Beans have a lot of really great benefits. They're high in fiber, they pack a lot of protein and they are delicious! But, if you want to have a nice, peaceful sleep, beans are your worst energy. When our bodies break them down, we tend to get pretty gassy! Our stomachs can bloat up and cause all kinds of discomfort, not to mention the unmentionable noise problem that could arise.

Spicy Foods: Spicy foods, such as Mexican, Creole or Thai, can be comforting to many of us. But right before bed, they could be nothing but a nightmare! While laying down, the spices and acids heavily in these types of feed are being digested and can sometimes escape back up the esophagus. This causes a bad heartburn that no one could peacefully sleep through. If the discomfort isn't enough to turn you away, a lot of people actually get energy boosts after eating spicy foods, so if you're trying to relax and let sleep overcome you, make sure you overcome your cravings for spice!

Soda: Sodas come in a variety of flavors and colors that are made to fulfill just about any craving. From regular cola to rootbeer, from orange to strawberry, they were made to satisfy. I've even seen a Thanksgiving Gravy soda! Although tasty, sodas are almost always packed with sugars (cane or high fructose corn syrup). Even diet soda are loaded with chemicals that erode teeth and can cause heartburn, not to mention the carbon build up in your stomach which may get a little uncomfortable (yes, soda makes us burp). This is also not to mention that many sodas are also loaded with caffeine. Most suggest cutting soda mid-day if you want to ensure sleep by midnight. 

We hope this little blog helps you through your journey to the kitchen and back to bed! Late night cravings are the absolute worst, so try not to make them even worst by making choices that will jeopardize your ability to get rest at night. After all, male or female, young or old, we all need our beauty sleep!