Let’s be honest, I am sure we have all had a serious case of the midnight munchies at one stage or another! Did you know there are certain foods that you simply shouldn't eat at night though? Eating certain foods at night could impact not only your weight, but the quality of your sleep. So even if you aren’t looking for a midnight snack, what you ate before bed could be the cause of your sleepless nights!
Here are the 5 worst things to eat late at night:
This probably isn’t a surprise to most of you, but just in case you needed a reminder, here it is. The caffeine in coffee is a central nervous system stimulant, which blocks the chemicals that make you feel sleepy and instead encourages the production of adrenaline. Not only will having coffee leave you feeling wide awake before bed but it may impact the quality of your sleep. This can also be said for pre-workout supplements that contain lots of caffeine. So if you like to workout late at night, try to skip these in favour of a good night's sleep.
I know that late night cravings (or post dinner cravings) sometimes involve eating all the leftover pizza or going for a late night drive-through run, however it isn’t just the typical culprits you should be wary of! Even things such as ice cream, crackers, potato chips and cookies can be full of fat, which results in your stomach working harder to digest all that food. You may feel sick when you are trying to get to sleep and also feel super sluggish in the morning!
When you sleep, digestion slows down. It usually takes your body extra effort to digest spicy food, so if you eat it right before bed you may have a hard time falling asleep. Spicy food can also stimulate your senses, so much like caffeine it can keep you awake when all you want to do is sleep!
This may be a popular choice for a quick, late night dinner when you are in a hurry and super hungry - but be wary! Many canned soups, even the ‘healthy’ kind are full of sodium and other artificial ingredients. Ingesting all that salt can make it super hard to fall asleep, and chances are you will wake up dehydrated and feeling a bit sluggish.
Chocolate (Including Dark Chocolate)
Regardless of whether you are snacking on milk or dark chocolate, you should still avoid this right before bed! Both varieties contain caffeine which acts as a stimulant for your central nervous system. It also contains other stimulants such as theobromine, which is known for making your heart race a little. On top of this milk chocolate is also loaded with sugar and fat, which again may leave you feeling sluggish in the morning.
If you are feeling peckish at night, try to stick to healthier snacks such as cut-up vegetable sticks, small pieces of fruit and even air-popped popcorn!
Love, Kayla xx