What Foods Prevent Good Sleep

Do you know what food to not eat that prevent you from good sleep? You probably didn’t think you needed to worry about tomatoes and a bit of cheese and crackers were the reason for restless sleep, but they very well could be. It has nothing to do with some of these foods not being healthy, but it’s the way they react in the body at night that don’t set you up for a super sound slumber. Try a few of these tips and see if you wake more refreshed.

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Tomatoes are rich in tyramine, an amino acid that triggers the brain to release norepinephrine, a stimulant that boosts brain activity and delays sleep. Other tyramine-rich foods include eggplant, soy sauce, red wine and aged cheeses, such as brie and Stilton.

Foods high in fat and fried foods take longer to digest and can cause discomfort that interferes with sleep. They can also reduce the effectiveness of some medications taken at night.

Although a nightcap or a glass of wine before bed may help you doze off quicker, it disrupts sleep later in the night and robs you of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Lack of REM sleep harms concentration, memory and motor skills.

Save the leftover slice of steak for lunch tomorrow. Foods high in protein and marbled fats, such as steak and roast beef, are slow to digest. If your body is busy digesting food, there’s more of a chance that you’ll have a restless night.

AARP for lots more healthy and helpful info.