Why do some foods make you fall asleep quick­ly and oth­ers don’t? Sci­en­tists have long been study­ing this issue, find­ing out the effect of food on the qual­i­ty of night rest. Of course, sleep depends not only on the com­po­si­tion and quan­ti­ty of food. It is influ­enced by the emo­tion­al state, the tem­per­a­ture in the room, the light, but in any case, you should pay spe­cial atten­tion to what you sat­is­fy your hunger with short­ly before going to bed, espe­cial­ly if you have prob­lems falling asleep. What foods work against sleep?

Smoked meats are not the best solution before bed

Smoked meats are not the best solution before bed

Smoked meats in them­selves are not the best food, and even more so imme­di­ate­ly before going to bed. The thing is that smoked meat con­tains a large amount of tyra­mine, a phys­i­o­log­i­cal­ly active amino acid that has a vaso­con­stric­tive effect on the body and there­by increas­es blood pres­sure. But that’s not all. Tyra­mine stim­u­lates the pro­duc­tion of nor­ep­i­neph­rine, which leads to exci­ta­tion of the ner­vous sys­tem. Any smoked prod­ucts have a bad effect on the qual­i­ty of a night’s rest, inhib­it falling asleep, and besides, they con­tain a lot of chem­i­cal addi­tives that neg­a­tive­ly affect all health in gen­er­al.

If you can’t stop eat­ing meat before bed, opt for a turkey. It is rich in tryp­to­phan, an amino acid involved in the syn­the­sis of the hor­mone sero­tonin, name­ly, it con­tributes to qual­i­ty and long sleep. If the pro­duc­tion of this hor­mone is dis­rupt­ed, all cir­ca­di­an rhythms of sleep and wake­ful­ness are also dis­rupt­ed. Where else can you get tryp­to­phan? From eggs, milk, seafood. By the way, dairy and sour-milk foods are an excel­lent choice for the last meal, because they con­tain cal­ci­um, known for its calm­ing effect.

Coffee is the best drink in the morning

Every­one knows that cof­fee invig­o­rates, so they try to drink this drink in the morn­ing, but for cof­fee lovers there are no dif­fer­ences. Accom­pa­ny­ing the last meal with a cup of fra­grant and favorite drink, they go to bed, and then they are sur­prised that they can­not fall asleep for a long time. Cof­fee makes the heart and blood ves­sels work under con­di­tions of increased stress, result­ing in an increase in heart rate and blood pres­sure. Instead of rest­ing, the brain begins to work active­ly, ana­lyze the infor­ma­tion received dur­ing the day, not allow­ing you to be dis­tract­ed from the swarm of thoughts and tune in to rest.

In addi­tion, this drink has a pro­nounced diuret­ic effect and can wake up a per­son more than once or twice in the mid­dle of the night. For this rea­son, you should not eat foods with a sim­i­lar effect for din­ner — cucum­bers, water­mel­ons, radish­es, cel­ery. Actu­al­ly, sat­is­fy­ing your hunger before bed with a diet rich in raw fiber is not the most use­ful habit, because it can pro­voke unwant­ed pain, cramps, bloat­ing, which inter­fere with a qual­i­ty night’s rest.

Hot and Spicy Foods: What’s the Catch?

Hot and Spicy Foods: What's the Catch?

Fans of spicy and spicy dish­es, sea­son­ings and sauces with mus­tard, horse­rad­ish, red pep­per and oth­er spices are very much at risk. The thing is that such foods can cause heart­burn, which does not con­tribute to nor­mal sleep. If heart­burn recurs only from time to time and a per­son knows exact­ly what pro­voked it, it is enough to exclude these neg­a­tive fac­tors in order to estab­lish a sleep and wake­ful­ness reg­i­men. If the attacks recur con­sis­tent­ly, doc­tors sus­pect gas­troe­sophageal reflux dis­ease. With such a dis­ease, the reflux of stom­ach con­tents into the esoph­a­gus occurs reg­u­lar­ly, leav­ing its mark on the qual­i­ty of human life.

In this case, it is bet­ter to seek help from spe­cial­ists to find the cause of the pathol­o­gy. Per­haps we are talk­ing about a decrease in the tone of the low­er food sphinc­ter, an increase in intra-abdom­i­nal pres­sure, a vio­la­tion of gas­tric emp­ty­ing, or a decrease in the abil­i­ty of the esoph­a­gus to self-cleanse. In any case, it is nec­es­sary to fol­low a diet for some time, giv­ing up the habit of eat­ing spicy, salty and sour dish­es gen­er­ous­ly sea­soned with spices at night.

Eating chocolate at night: good or bad habit?

Among all the sweets, choco­late stands apart. It is allowed to use it even on a diet and in gen­er­al, sci­en­tists con­sid­er this food prod­uct to be incred­i­bly use­ful for the body. It is dif­fi­cult to argue with this, as well as with the fact that this del­i­ca­cy improves mood and acts as a pre­ven­tion of depres­sion. Choco­late pre­vents the devel­op­ment of car­dio­vas­cu­lar ail­ments, stroke and coro­nary heart dis­ease, low­ers blood pres­sure, strength­ens the immune sys­tem, and even helps main­tain your youth and beau­ty, but it also has a lot of “side effects” that can play a cru­el joke when using this del­i­ca­cy. for the night.

Choco­late con­tains caf­feine and theo­bromine, which have a ton­ic effect. There are many oth­er psy­chos­tim­u­lat­ing sub­stances in it, and there are much more of them in bit­ter tiles than in dairy ones. But this does not mean at all that the slaves of their habit can replace dark choco­late with milk choco­late and con­tin­ue to eat it before going to bed. Dairy treats con­tain more sug­ar and fat, which are quite capa­ble of caus­ing dia­betes and obe­si­ty. Choco­late, like cof­fee, is best con­sumed in the morn­ing.

Ice cream is not a treat for a good sleep

As you can see, sleep, its dura­tion and qual­i­ty large­ly depend on the food pref­er­ences of a per­son. If among the read­ers there are ardent lovers of ice cream, which they often use in bed, then with a high degree of prob­a­bil­i­ty they are faced with the prob­lems of a night’s rest. And all because ice cream is a cold prod­uct. It con­stricts blood ves­sels, slow­ing down blood cir­cu­la­tion and dis­rupt­ing the process of diges­tion of food. At night, the stom­ach must rest, and so it is forced to work, and for this, it must also make increased efforts for this. And he will cer­tain­ly need them, because ice cream con­tains a lot of sat­u­rat­ed fats.

All kinds of addi­tives in the form of nuts and choco­late will act as “bat­ter­ies” for the mind, which means that you won’t be able to fall asleep for a very long time. Pop­si­cles are also not the best solu­tion. And although it is made from frozen juice, a lot of chem­i­cal dyes, preser­v­a­tives and oth­er harm­ful sub­stances are added to it. It is best to drink a glass of kefir or nat­ur­al yogurt at night, and soon you your­self will not notice how you plunge into the king­dom of Mor­pheus.


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