A good night’s sleep is important not only for your health but also to ensure that you’re in a good mood the next day. To a large extent, whether we sleep like a baby or spend all night wrestling with insomnia depends on what we eat for dinner.
If you’re looking for a peaceful night, here are the 10 foods you should avoid right before bed.
1. Ice Cream
A bowl of ice cream might be the most comforting bad-breakup bed accompaniment, but there’s a limit to its soothing properties.
For starters, ice cream is loaded with fat, so you’re not going to give your body a chance to burn any of it before bed, and then all of the sugar is going to pump your body full of energy right before you hit the hay, so you’ll be sending your body divergent messages. On top of that, the sugar just gets stored and turned to fat, too, so this is a lose-lose situation all around.
It’s also been discovered that eating high-sugar foods before bed causes nightmares, so while the taste might be calming, the results are unnerving.
Pasta is a fast and easy fix for those craving a quick bite before bed, but it’s not your ideal nighttime snack.
Pasta is straight carbohydrates, and if you’re going to bed right after eating, that’s all going to turn into fat. On top of that, the things added to pasta — oils, cheeses and heavy cream or tomato sauces — will only add to the crowd in your love handles.
Also, most pasta has a high glycemic index, which means it’s more likely to play with your blood-sugar levels, delay sleep, and wake you up at night.
You might want to rethink that late-night order for pizza… for a lot of reasons. That cheesy topping might give you nightmares, according to a recent study, and the acidic tomato sauce can lead to tummy aches and 2 a.m. trips to the bathroom. Plus, pizza is really more than a bedtime snack; eating a second dinner adds a lot of extra calories that you probably don’t need.