Sneaky Foods That Can Be Keeping You Up At Night

Sometimes we can find ourselves lying in bed late at night for hours, staring up at the ceiling because no matter what we do, we just can’t fall asleep.  There may be sneaky culprits as to why this is happening.  Read on to find out more.

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Acidic Foods

Try not to eat acidic foods late at night.  These can include tomatoes, caffeine, fried foods, and alcohol.  If you’re eating tomatoes too late at night the acid from them can irritate your body and cause heartburn.  This can certainly keep you up tossing and turning.  So lay off of acidic foods about three hours before bedtime.

Liquids

I love drinking water and I know it’s necessary for good health but I’ve learned to stop drinking it a few hours before bed.  When you drink it so close to bedtime you can wake yourself up in the middle of the night because you have to go to the bathroom.  This can also cause you to get up earlier than normal on days when you want to sleep in.  This doesn’t just apply to water, be sure to steer clear of soda, coffee, juices, or anything that needs to be flushed out.

Aged Foods

Strangely, aged foods can keep us from sleeping.  Why?  Because they contain a chemical that stimulates the brain, thus keeping us up.  It’s a good rule of thumb to limit your snack intake before bed anyway.  If you’re really hungry, have a handful of almonds or an apple with fresh, not aged, cheese.

Visiting a chiropractor regularly can help keep your body aligned and make sure everything is working properly which can help you to sleep better at night.


Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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