Foods that negatively affect your sleep

Foods That Affect Your Sleep


Do you have a hard time getting a good night's sleep? The culprit keeping you up might surprise you. We've got a list of the foods that could be disrupting your beauty sleep.

Tomato sauce

It's packed with plenty of good stuff to ward off heart disease, cancer, and macular degeneration but tomato sauce is also highly acidic, which can lead to heartburn and indigestion during the night. Dietician Alissa Rumsey, suggests eating your tomato saucy foods 3 hours before hitting the sack.

Red meat

It's lean and filled with protein, but red meat is also fatty and can take your body a while to digest, which creeps into your sleep schedule. Dietician Beth Warren says high protein diets have links to sleep apnea, a condition where you stop breathing for periods of time during the night.


We all know how dark chocolate is chock full of antioxidants, but it also has caffeine. Some dark chocolates contain a quarter amount of caffeine found in a standard cup of coffee according to Rumsey. The darker the chocolate, the more likely it is to contain caffeine.

Spicy foods

Spicy foods have great metabolism boosting benefits to help you drop a few pounds, but bringing the heat can lead to a restless night because it raises your core body temperature which can affect your sleep. Dietician Natalie Stephens points out that heartburn is also a possible side affect that can be difficult to sleep through.

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