We're all guilty of having a bedtime snack every now and again. Unfortunately, the comfort of a late-night snack can cost you a good night sleep.
Studies have found that adequate sleep is just as important in weight loss as calorie control, so you don't want to jeopardise your sleep cycle. To add to the issue, if you’re trying to lose weight the food you consume late at night is more likely to be stored as fat as it isn’t required as energy!
However, sometimes it can be tough to turn down that late-night snack. If you're in this situation, here are 5 of the top foods to avoid to ensure you get a peaceful night sleep... Your waistline will thank you!
Chocolate is a go-to late-night snack. Unfortunately, this sweet treat contains caffeine, which stimulates your nervous system, keeping you awake.
People tend to go for dark chocolate as its lower in sugar and has more antioxidants, but it also has a higher amount of caffeine so it’s best to save dark chocolate for an afternoon snack.
Having a greasy takeaway meal every now and again is fine, but a terrible bedtime snack. The excessive amount of fat can block your blood flow, which makes sleeping much more difficult. Your body also doesn't need as much energy in the evening before bed, which means that the calories will be stored as fat!
Fresh fruit is fine to have late at night, but dried fruit is high in sugar and fibre, both of which will lead to a night of restless sleep. Fibre can also leave you gassy and bloated, which is the last thing you - and your partner - want before bed.
Chips are another go-to late-night snack. Cracking open a packet in front of the tv may sound great, but recent psychological studies have found that greasy foods like this lead to nightmares. Really.
Avoid chips and dodge the emotionally draining nightmares that accompany them and disrupt your sleep.
Most packaged cereals these days should be placed in the lollie aisle. Packed full of sugar, snacking on your favourite cereals stimulates your nervous system, leaving you alert and awake and blocking the release of sleep-inducing hormones.