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A better night sleep

Published on 06/28/2016

While stress is one of the most-often cited reasons why people can't sleep, there's another factor that could keep you up at night: your diet. Certain foods can significantly interfere with your sleep. Here’s our (black) short list.

Alcohol: A glass or two before bed can make you drowsy, leading many to believe it's actually beneficial for sleep. But while it may make you nod off quicker, research shows that drinking alcohol makes you more likely to wake during the night, leaving you feeling less rested in the morning.

Spicy foods before bedtime can give you indigestion that makes it nearly impossible to get a good night's sleep. This may be due to capsaicin, an active ingredient in chili peppers, affecting sleep via changes in body temperature.

Dark Chocolate: the healthiest form of chocolate from an antioxidant perspective - may contain high levels of caffeine that can keep you up at night if you're sensitive. It also contains theobromine, a compound that has caffeine-like effects. Stop eating at least three hours before bed!

Watch the salt: Processed foods such as ready meals and many breads and soups contain a lot of sodium, which can interrupt sleep by raising blood pressure and dehydrating you.

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