Is your child often stay up late at night and feels sleepy the next day, despite following a regular sleep schedule? It's possible that what your child ate before going to bed had something to do with it! We all know that drinking coffee or eating sweets right before bedtime can keep you awake, but it turns out that there is some nutritious food on the list as well. Let's look at some foods to avoid before going to bed.
Caffeine is a stealthy sleep depriver that can last for hours in your system! Even a cup of coffee consumed in the afternoon by your child can disrupt his or her nighttime sleep. While coffee is an apparent caffeine source, other caffeine sources include chocolate, granola bars, carbonated beverages, sodas, and teas. To get a nice, restful night's sleep, avoid these for at least 8 hours before going to bed. Caffeine is also a diuretic, so it urges you to go to the bathroom frequently. Another reason why children should avoid caffeine is if they are in the process of toilet training or are worried about bedwetting.
While many children crave cheese at all hours of the day, it is best to avoid aged or powerful cheese before bedtime. This is due to the presence of tyramine in aged cheese, which causes brain stimulants to be released, causing your children to become attentive and aware. Ham, pepperoni, soy sauce, raspberries, bacon, almonds, avocado, and red wine are all high in tyramine.
Some vegetables are better for lunch than supper, according to research. Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, greens, radishes, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, and brussels sprouts are high in tough fibers that are beneficial to the body, but they should not be consumed at night. Our body temperature rises as we digest high-calorie meals, whereas proper sleep necessitates colder temperatures. This conflict may cause you to have a restless night's sleep.
4. Spicy Food
Spicy foods might cause digestive issues in youngsters. Stomach irritation, including indigestion or frequent feces, can induce temporary sleeplessness in children. However, the heat of chili peppers has been discovered to help relieve arthritis and fibromyalgia discomfort, so a little spicy meal that doesn't upset the stomach is fine!
5. Sugars And Sweets
Too much sugar, whether consumed during the day or at night, is harmful. Sugary foods such as sweets, drinks, and candy raise our blood sugar levels to dangerously high levels. Our bodies go into flight or fight mode when they come crumbling down after a few hours, believing there is an emergency. This surge in adrenal cortisol can disrupt sleep and keep your child awake at all hours of the night.
You may be asking who in their right mind would give alcohol to children before bedtime, yet we all do. Cough and pain syrups are examples of this. Most cough and analgesic syrups for children and adults contain varying amounts of alcohol. Alcohol interferes with deep sleep (REM) and promotes nighttime awakenings. Decongestants are another drug that causes sleeplessness in both adults and children. Some common medicines that contain alcohol are Ferrous Sulfate (Iron), Benadryl, and seizure syrups.
7. Heavy Fatty And Salty Meals
A high-fat supper is ideal for growing children, but not soon before bedtime. The time we consume our meals has a big impact on how healthy we are.
Late-night meals and snacks are more likely to be stored as fat rather than broken down for energy (risk of obesity). Heartburn and acid reflux, two of the most common sleep disruptors, can also be caused by going to bed shortly after a meal. It's also a GERD risk factor.
A study at the University of California discovered that mice fed after 11 a.m. and before 7 p.m. had significant negative effects on memorization and understanding. In mice, eating late harmed memory formation; similar studies in people have yet to be undertaken. It's best to finish your largest meal two to three hours before night. You can always eat a banana before going to bed to keep yourself full.
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