We all know that too much liquid, or anything containing caffeine, are no-nos in the hours before bedtime. But according to an article published on the AARP website, some other common foods also might be robbing you of a peaceful night’s sleep. To help ensure sweet dreams, and fewer nighttime trips to the bathroom, consider eliminating these foods from your evening menu.
In general, avoid eating a heavy meal within three hours of bedtime. By waiting at least three hours after dinner to hit the hay, you give your body time to digest. With its work done for the day, a body with a relatively empty stomach can instead concentrate on getting a good, restful night’s sleep.
That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a snack before bed. Readers Digest published a list of 16 healthy choices that can actually help your body prepare for sleep, and help you get the shuteye you need.
The list includes walnuts, cereal and cherry juice.
For the magazine’s complete list of sleep-inducing foods, and the science behind why they work, click here.