1. FRIED FOOD
Fried foods not only bring down your serotonin levels, but your body takes longer to digest. Because of the slowed digestion, you’re kept awake longer. Just another reason to stick to your diet and reap both the health and sleep benefits.
2. RED MEAT
Eating red meat might taste good, but it’s bad for your sleep. Like anything fried, the often fatty food takes longer for your body digest, keeping you awake way past your bedtime. Instead, go for chicken, fish, or plant-based protein sources like beans, lentils or quinoa.
3. SPICY FOODS
Go ahead and bring the heat for lunch, but when it comes to dinner, you might want to hold back. According to Byrdie, spicy meals can lead to pain and acid reflux, keeping you awake at night. Your best bet is saving the hot sauce for earlier in the day so you don’t have to deal with indigestion later on.
Instead of putting you to sleep, alcohol will keep you up until your blood alcohol content falls back down—and that can take quite a while. To help combat these effects, keep the alcohol to a minimum, and balance it out with water.
Start the day with coffee, but def don’t end with it. A cup of joe can keep you awake—even if you only have the smallest amount. To avoid letting coffee ruin your good night’s sleep, have your last cup by 2 p.m.
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