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Here are 7 surprising foods you should never, ever eat before bed

You’ll thank us later.

By Erin Cook

There are few greater pleasures in life than getting a good night’s sleep. Quite often, if you’ve had at least 8 hours of quality shut eye, you feel like you could conquer the world. (And perhaps you could, given the opportunity!)

If you haven’t experienced that well rested, on top of the world feeling in a little while, it could be to do with what you’re putting into your gob at night.

Here are 8 surprising foods that could be disrupting your ZZZs:

Cruciferous vegetables

Uh, in English - broccoli and cauliflower - contain quite a lot of insoluble fibre, meaning they take a long time to digest.

Red meat

Similarly, red meat is quite difficult for the body to digest, due to the high protein content. Eating it late at night means that your body will still be digesting while you’re nodding off, which can prevent you from actually sleeping.

Tomato sauce

Mmmm, tomato sauce. While it may be a delicious addition to most dinners, tomato sauce is quite acidic which can cause heartburn and indigestion. It’s best to lay off the sauce at least three hours before hitting the hay.

Cured Meats And Cheeses

Might be time to reconsider that late night cheese platter. From a digestive perspective, cured meats and cheese are best consumed during the day. Why, you ask? Well, they contain tyramine, an amino acid that increases your level of alertness.

Dark Chocolate

This is a really tough one. Apparently, dark chocolate can contain about a quarter of the amount of caffeine in the average cup of coffee. And we all know what caffeine does to sleep, right?

Coffee

Speaking of coffee… It’s best to keep an eye on when you’re consuming your coffee. Seeing as caffeine can remain in your system for quite a few hours, it’s best to avoid drinking it too late in the day.

Soft drink

If you’re having an indulgent dinner – pizza, for example – it can be quite tempting to pair it with a glass of soft drink. Just be mindful that with such a high sugar content, it’s likely to keep you up at night.