It can happen to everyone: it’s time to go to sleep and, suddenly, you start feeling hungry…What should your do? What to eat before bed? Well, you can have a healthy snack or drink a glass of milk, but there are some products that you should, definitely, avoid eating before bed…Let’s talk about those:
1) Pizza and pasta
Avoid eating pizza and pasta right before going to bed, because these meals are pretty heavy and rich in calories; eating this kind of food would give your tummy a real workout at night! When your sleep, your body relaxes and rests, so does your stomach, as well as other organs. On top of that, eating pasta and pizza before bed will, definitely, enlarge your love handles!
If you want to drink something before hitting your cosy pillow, definitely, don’t go for coffee. In fact, coffee is a stimulant that has prolonged effect on the body (it’s effect will last for many hours), so that you won’t be able to sleep and rest properly; if you drink coffee at night, you might find yourself cleaning the kitchen, washing the floor or cooking three cakes, instead of sleeping; therefore, if you want to indulge yourself with a cup of tasty expresso, do it in the morning!
3) Ice cream
Ice cream is loaded with fats and sugar, it’s an absolute weight gaining bomb! When you inject sugar and fat into your body (by eating an ice cream) before going to sleep, your system won’t be able to burn this explosion of calories and will store them in your waistline for future use. Therefore, if you don’t want to gain weight, avoid eating ice cream before sleeping!
Cheese is one of the worst foods to eat at night, especially for those who suffer from heartburn. Eating cheese before bed time can feel very heavy on the stomach, therefore, make sure to plan your meals in advance and enjoy that delightful portion of your favorite cheese during daytime instead.
5) Cookies and cakes
Cookies and cakes have similar to ice cream story. Packed with fats and sugar, cookies, cakes and various sweets (as well as chocolate) will give you a buzz at the wrong time. At night, when your body and the whole system try to relax and rest, the least thing you need is energizing sugar kick! If you feel like eating something sweet, make healthier choice and eat a fresh fruit or some berries. Chocolate (especially dark one), on the other hand, contains caffeine and can act as a stimulant, therefore, I suggest that you wait till dawn and then only bite your favorite chocolate bar.
6) Fast food
When you are looking for something to eat before bed time, avoid beef and bacon burgers like a plague. You don’t need this abundant injection of calories right before bed! Eating fast food before your night time rest is a guaranteed sleep killer! Moreover, the production of acid in your stomach will provoke very uncomfortable and unpleasant heartburn. Therefore, if chicken nuggets, french fries, onion rings and big macs appear in your mind when you are heading to bed, kick off these thoughts from your head straight away and drink a glass of water or milk instead.
If you want to have “terrible”, sleepless night, when you will wake up multiple times for no particular reason, then drink a glass of wine right before going to bed. Also, consuming alcohol prior to sleep, whether it’s wine, vodka or champagne, will have a big impact on the way your skin looks and feels and it can also aggravate snoring!
Soda, as well as energy drinks (such as red bull, for example) are, definitely, to be avoided, when you are getting ready for a good night rest. Packed with sugar, soda drinks also contain certain chemicals which can aggravate the gastrointestinal tract, therefore, sodas should, absolutely, be avoided at bed-time! If you feel thirsty, drinking a glass of water is the best decision! Also, most colas, as well as red bull contain caffeine, which is not the best friend of your good night sleep!
9) Spicy delicacies
Foods with the use of salsa, mustard and spicy peppers are not the best choice for a bed-time snack! These type of meals can cause strong heartburn and can prevent you from peacefully falling asleep, because of their energy boosting effects.
If you are thirsty at night, go for a glass of water, milk or green tea, if you feel hungry – eat sweet potato, banana, yogurt or rice.