10 Foods To Never Eat Before Sleeping

If you’re a still a little hungry after dinner and are looking for a way to hold yourself over until breakfast, there are a few key things to keep in mind. While it’s true that a little “midnight snack” never hurt anybody, that isn’t a blanket rule that applies to all foods. There are ten key types of foods in particular that you should never eat at night for a number of reasons.

1 Red Meat

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A big, juicy steak may be delicious, but it’s hardly the best thing to eat right before bed. Red meat will kick your body’s natural processes into overtime and will make it incredibly difficult to get the type of deep sleep that you really need after a hard day at work.

2 Vegetables

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Vegetables are inherently nutritious, so you may think that they’re the perfect thing to eat right before bed if you want to stay healthy. In reality, you’d be very wrong. Vegetables tend to have a large amount of fiber, which moves incredibly slowly through your digestive system. This is another late night snack that will only keep you awake longer than you need to be.

3 Chips and Other Processed Snacks

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One of the great things about snacks like chips is how convenient they are ­ you can just grab a bag, munch away and be done before you know it. The issue is that processed foods have high doses of monosodium glutamate, which will almost certainly lead to sleep-­related issues that you likely want to avoid.

 

4 Pasta

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Pasta is one of the best foods to eat if you’re hungry because a little bit goes a long way. The issue with eating pasta late at night, however, is that it’s such a fatty food that it will almost certainly lead to weight gain while you sleep. The carbohydrates in pasta turn to fat pretty quickly, so if you’re trying to eat healthy at night you’ll definitely want to look elsewhere.

5 Ice Cream

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A bowl of cereal is a great way to get your body started off right in the morning. The issue with having a bowl before bed, however, is that it contains so much sugar and so many carbohydrates that your body will have no chance to truly rest to allow you to get some sleep.

 

6 A Slice of Pizza

Close up view of a takeaway cheese and pepperoni or salami pizza sliced into portion with one slice removed still in the traditional disposable cardboard pizza box
Close up view of a takeaway cheese and pepperoni or salami pizza sliced into portion with one slice removed still in the traditional disposable cardboard pizza box

If you’ve got a leftover slice of pizza in your refrigerator, you’ll definitely want to save it for lunch. The fatty, greasy toppings that pizza is known for will not only lead to weight gain, but can also cause heart burn and other related issues right before you drift off to sleep at night.

7 Cereal

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A bowl of cereal is a great way to get your body started off right in the morning. The issue with having a bowl before bed, however, is that it contains so much sugar and so many carbohydrates that your body will have no chance to truly rest to allow you to get some sleep.

8 Chocolate of Any Kind

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Many people don’t realize that chocolate is actually a source of caffeine, which is the last thing that you want to do before bed. If you wouldn’t want to have a cup of coffee and then go to bed, you should leave the chocolate alone for the same reason

9 Alcohol

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10 Chili

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Background of fresh red hot chili peppers, or cayenne chillis, a pungent strong flavoured spice used in cooking

Chili is not only filled with carbohydrates, but it’s also high in calories by its very nature. Not only will you not get the type of sleep you need if you have a bowl at night, but you’ll also be adding weight-­related issues into the mix at the same time.

 

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