Most of us all have at one point in time or the other had late nights when the thought of a eating yummy tasty foods like peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a plate of cookies or chin chin and milk, but Wait!!
That sounds so funny and interesting especially for us here in Naija where a plate of Asun, pepper soup, Esiewu, nkwobi, good meal of pounded yam and egusi seems to be the perfect solution to getting a good night sleep FOR MOST OF US. Hahahaha NO! Listen up!
There are some foods that health experts say you should avoid -at least for your health.
If you don't want to toss and turn as you try to sleep at night, then Here are 11 things to avoid before bed:
Caffeine, Beverages and Foods:
Caffeine is a stimulant and will over-stimulate your nervous system hindering sleep. You might want to skip that cup before bed of surely you want to sleep well.
Drinking before bed? You may just get knocked out and dehydrated. If you are having a few cups, you might wake up in the middle of the night feeling thirsty. I believe no one will want such experience, after all is Alcohol food?
That burn in your mouth may last longer than your want it to. These foods can produce an excess amount of stomach acid, thereby resulting in heartburn, bloating and discomfort which can disrupt sleep. Pepper soup drinkers please take note if you want to sleep well.
Foods with a Lot of Sugar:
Sugar is meant to give you an instant boost of energy - so having a few pieces of candy or Sweet stuff before bed isn't the best idea.
Some people in Naija so much love enjoyment that they will still want have some use cream even see night before bed.
Although, Having a small bowl of low-fat yogurt or milk before bed won't do any harm. But if you have a giant bowl of chocolate chip ice cream, you can forget about getting a good night's sleep. "Ice cream contains high amount of fat which is digested at a slow rate. It also contains a lot of sugar which can keep you up".
Fried foods like French fries and potatoe chips are things we Nigerians consider to have class and as such will want to eat them almost at all times regardless of the time of the day. But unfortunately they are high in fat and take a longer time to digest. " It may take hours to fully digest fried foods". If you go to bed after eating fried foods, you will likely have trouble falling to sleep due to stomach pains, cramping and acid reflux.
Red meat man's normal food as almost all our meals have meat in it. But then, it is high in protein and also tends to be high in fat. " Both protein and fat are slowly digested, so this meat will stay in the stomach for quite a while before it is digested fully causing discomfort and even cramping.
Most vegetables - especially broccoli, cabbage, onions and cauliflower are high in fibre which moved slowly in your digestive system. "These vegetables make you full but also contain gas-producing qualities.
Have the oatmeal in the morning, not before bed. Oatmeal, bran buds and Barley are all high in soluble fibre, which again can slow down digestion and cause gas.
With all that have been said, put this at the back of your mind that:
"Foods that are high in fat, fibre or protein are slower to digest. If someone were to eat eggs and bacon right before bed, they'll likely feel uncomfortable and won't be able to sleep. They may also feel full and bloated in the morning.
In summary, remember it's healthier when you have your last meal for the day by 7 or 8pm night. This helps your body metabolism to react better and proper, also aids good digestion, and you get a good night sleep.
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