13 Foods That Could Be Affecting Your Sleep

Written by on February 10, 2018 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 1 Comment

By Arielle Weg | Cooking Light

It’s a strange phenomenon that you can pour yourself a glass of red wine at dinner and somehow find yourself falling asleep on the couch by 8 p.m. The foods we consume are crucial to our daily functioning, and in the same way can affect how alert and awake we are for the morning meeting, and how quickly we fall asleep at bedtime.

If you’re looking to swap out your daily cup of joe or fall asleep without hours of tossing and turning, try one of these sleep-affecting foods in your daily routine.

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1. Hot Sauce

Adding hot sauce to your meal may mess with your sleep. The spicy stuff can keep you awake and increase your body temperature at bedtime, making it harder to fall asleep. Learn how to make it at home here.

Szechuan Tofu with Cauliflower

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2. Soy

Snack on edamame, make a tofu stir-fry for dinner, or warm up a steamy bowl of miso soup for some extra magnesium. The mineral helps relax muscles and makes it easier to catch some z’s.


3. Avocados

If you needed another reason to love avocados, their high amounts of unsaturated fat can increase your serotonin levels, the chemical that stimulates the part of your brain that induces sleep. They are also high in magnesium, which can help you hit the hay.

Green Pea and Parsley Hummus

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4. Hummus

Chickpea hummus is high in the amino acid tryptophan, the chemical that can help you fall asleep normally. The versatile beans are also high in folate, which helps regulate sleeping, and Vitamin B6 which helps regulate your internal clock. If that’s not enough to get you munching your way to shut-eye, the creamy dip is also high in the muscle-relaxing mineral, magnesium. Try our Green Pea and Parsley Hummus Recipe (pictured above).

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5. Dark Chocolate

Snagging a milk chocolate bar instead of coffee will definitely give you a sugar high and caffeine-like buzz, but dark chocolate can have the opposite effect. Dark chocolate contains serotonin, which may cause you to nod off.

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6. Red Wine

It always seems a little odd that a glass of red wine can make you doze off, but it actually comes from the skin of the grapes. Melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone we naturally produce, is found in most skin-on grape related foods. But beware of the sleepy side effect; alcohol is known to make you tired but will later prevent your body from reaching the deep sleep it deserves.

Toffee Dip with Apples

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7. Apples

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but it can also help keep you awake.Apples are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, natural sugar, and phytonutrients that help you feel more alert. The sugar is slowly released in the body, keeping you alert without the coffee crash later on.


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  1. jkeith_macdonald@yahoo.ca' John Keith MacDonald says:

    Thanks for the information, much appreciated!

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