7 Foods That Keep You Awake At Night

Seven foods that can keep you awake at night.

If you’re having trouble falling and staying asleep at night, your diet could be to blame. Here are 7 things to steer clear of for a good night’s sleep.

1. Caffeine/Certain Medicines

Kind of a no brainer, but caffeine keeps most people up at night, so avoid consuming the following after 3PM: coffee, black/green/white tea, soda, energy drinks, some headache medicines, ginseng and decongestants (chemically related to adrenaline and therefore a stimulant).

2. Alcohol

Alcohol might help you fall asleep fast, but it will ultimately reduce your R.E.M sleep (the most important stage). Studies also show that alcohol causes frequent night wakings. Stick to one glass, no more than two hours before bed to avoid sleeplessness.

3. Water

Surprised to see this one on the list? Well, water is great for hydration but too much before bed can have you taking frequent restroom breaks. When that happens, you break R.E.M sleep and upset your sleep cycle.

4. Aged and Fermented Foods

Tyramine, an amino acid found in aged and fermented foods, stimulates the brain and could keep you up at night as a result. Aged cheese, smoked fish, and cured meats all contain it. If you need cheese before bed, try fresh mozzarella.

5. Tomato/spicy Products

Anything with a lot of acid can cause heartburn and discomfort before bed and that includes tomato-based and spicy dishes. To prevent tossing and turning, avoid these types of foods before bedtime.

6. Coconut Products

Coconut is known to boost metabolism and improve thyroid function. As a result, some people find that eating foods rich in coconut can have a stimulating effect.

7. Chocolate

Say it ain’t so! Unfortunately, chocolate contains caffeine and a stimulant called theobromine, which can increase your heart rate and cause sleeplessness. The good news is that white chocolate contains neither of the above, so enjoy.

If you’re having trouble falling and staying asleep at night, your diet could be to blame. Here are 7 things to steer clear of when you want a good night's sleep.