6 popular treats to avoid

6 popular treats to avoid
6 popular treats to avoid

1. Spicy food

Eating a plate of hot chicken wings or a bowl of curry for dinner can cause sleep problems. Eating spicy foods in the evening can increase the acidity in your stomach, which can lead to heartburn. In addition, spicy food stimulates your brain, making it more difficult to fall asleep.

2. Pizza (but basically anything with tomato sauce)

Tomato sauce is also a trigger for heartburn. So if you eat pizza or spaghetti in the evening, you run the risk of lying awake at night. In general, it’s best to avoid foods high in salt and fat (such as pepperoni pizza) three hours before bedtime.

3. Hamburgers

Just like with pizza, your body needs a lot of time to digest hamburgers. A big, juicy hamburger can keep you awake for a long time, especially if it has a lot of ketchup on it.

4. Ice cream

If you have trouble sleeping, it is better not to have ice cream for dessert. The sugar can cause your blood sugar levels to fluctuate, cause stomach problems and keep you alert at bedtime, preventing you from relaxing.

Chocolate ice cream in particular is the culprit here. Because chocolate contains caffeine, which keeps you awake. Chocolate ice cream is a triple whammy when it comes to your sleep, thanks to its high fat, sugar and caffeine content.

5. Milk

In movies, TV shows and children’s books, children are often given a glass of milk before bed, but in real life, milk disrupts your night’s sleep. Milk can also cause heartburn and lead to digestive problems. Fortunately, this is only the case with cow’s milk, so a glass of plant-based milk before going to bed is no problem.

6. Vitamin water

Most people know that caffeine can disrupt their sleep, but not everyone realizes that they sometimes still consume caffeine. Certain fancy water brands, such as Vitamin Water, can contain up to 50 milligrams of caffeine.

7. Peppermint

Eating a mint may seem harmless, but like many other things on this list, it can cause heartburn.

The article is in Dutch

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