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9 Foods to Avoid If You Want to Get a Good Night’s Sleep


Eating certain foods at night not only gives you discomfort, it can also give you nightmares. What are normally considered comfort foods such as ice cream or chocolate actually have reverse effects and can cause disrupted sleep.

Studies have been around for hundreds of years that suggest that there is a negative effect between foods at a certain hour and nightmares. A study in Canada polled about 400 college students about their late-night food habit and dreams for two weeks. Many of these dreams were bizarre and scary. Between greasy, salty and flaming hot food, here is list of foods that you should avoid before bed.


  1. Chips

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Chips may not have sugar or caffeine, but they are greasy and will factor in to having disturbing dreams. According to Eat This Not That, 12.5% of scary dreams occur from eating “greasy junk food”, such as chips. Instead, munch on carrot sticks, nuts or pretzels.

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  1. Hot Cocoa

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I know what you’re thinking, Hot Cocoa is the ultimate way to fall asleep. It’s perfect for those frigid winter nights where pj’s and SVU marathons are a must. The amount of sugar and dairy in hot cocoa however can bring about bad dreams. If you want a warm drink before bed, try caffeine-free tea without sugar.


  1. Salad Dressing

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Salad dressing? Really? Yes, condiments such as ketchup and salad dressing have more sugar in it than you think. The sugar amounts can keep you up at night and prevent you from getting a deep sleep. So next time you want to indulge in that Chicken Caesar Salad, you might want to consider the dressing and how much you are using.


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