Some mornings you jump out of bed, raring to go when that alarm goes off. Other mornings? Working out is the last thing you want to do. That’s because what you’re putting on your plate may actually mess with your sleep cycle. Limit these night-time eats, and your morning self will thank you.
1 / 8 "JUST..FIVE..MORE..MINUTES.."Read more
2 / 8 1. TOMATO SAUCERead more
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, this pasta favorite has two strikes against it. Not only can it cause heartburn for people who suffer from acid reflux, it also contains the amino acid tyramine. This triggers your brain to release norepinephrine, a stimulant that boosts brain activity and inhibits sleep.
3 / 8 2. CHOCOLATERead more
Chocolate naturally contains caffeine, which may be problematic for those who aren’t used to consuming it regularly. Chocolate also has a compound called theobromine, a stimulant that causes an increase in your heart rate, making it difficult to fall asleep. Still not ready to ditch your favorite dessert? Try a piece of white chocolate.
4 / 8 3. ALCOHOLRead more
Hear us out: While alcohol is a natural depressant that may help you fall asleep, it makes it difficult to go into a deep sleep, affecting sleep quality. Plus, a hangover may not be the way you want to start your long run.
5 / 8 4. STEAKRead more
Sure, once in awhile, treat yourself to that hearty steak dinner, but not when you need a good night’s rest. Research has shown that eating foods high in saturated fat, like a good steak, interferes with deep sleep. These foods also take longer to digest, causing indigestion, which can make it hard to sleep.
6 / 8 5. CHIPS AND SALSARead more
Spicy foods—looking at you, salsa—can trigger heartburn in those who have acid reflux, which can be exacerbated when laying down. New research has also found that eating less salt throughout the day will reduce your bathroom trips at night.
7 / 8 6. SODARead more
Regularly consuming soda, which has caffeine and sugar, has been linked to a short sleep duration. On the flipside, a glass of tart cherry juice before bed can help ward off insomnia.
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A glass of water before bed is fine (and encouraged). But trying to hydrate for your morning workout by chugging several glasses can lead to frequent bathroom breaks in the middle of the night. Instead, drink water throughout the day and bring a water bottle on your morning run, ride, or gym session. You can also snack on water-rich fruits, like kiwi, which is 60 percent water and a good source of sleep-inducing serotonin.
By Natalie Rizzo R.D.