5 Foods to Avoid for Better Sleep

| 7/27/2010 11:36:00 AM

A lot of factors play into a good night’s sleep: a proper mattress and pillows, the temperature of the room, the amount of artificial light in the room. The foods we eat also play an important role in sleep. Although we may not give much thought to what we eat and drink before calling it a night, that bedtime snack or nightcap could be affecting your ability to fall asleep. Want the best night’s sleep possible? Avoid these five foods, and you’ll sleep better!

hot cocoa
Hot chocolate contains minimal amounts of caffeine and tyrosine, which will prevent you from falling asleep. Photo By Swamibu/Courtesy Flickr. 

1. Chocolate

A warm cup of cocoa may sound like the perfect treat to lull you to sleep, but this comforting food may have the opposite effect. Although chocolate contains minimal amounts of caffeine, as we grow older many of us develop greater sensitivity to caffeine. Chocolate also contains tyrosine, an amino acid that stimulates brain activity.

Instead of a warm cup of cocoa, try a steaming mug of chamomile tea. 

2. Energy Drinks