JAN 07, 2017 08:41 AM PST

For a Restful Night's Sleep, Eat This, Not That!

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

Late-night diets don't affect just your waistline. Rather, eating late and eating the wrong foods may be why you don't get a good night's sleep.

We may know to avoid stimulants like coffee and other caffeinated beverages. But did you know that popular bar foods, such as fries and mozzarella sticks, are notorious for keep you up at night? These heavy and fatty foods are tricky to digest and could trigger gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as acid reflux. Similarly, foods high spice and acids also promote the painful heartburn, which may be a reason why your beauty sleep will get disrupted.

To help yourself get a more restful night's sleep, try eating soy foods, like edamames, which are high L-tryptophan. Surprisingly, cherries are also a good food for sleep, as these contain melatonin, the hormone that helps your brain fall asleep. Watch the video to learn more about what foods to eat and what foods to avoid!
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
You May Also Like
SEP 15, 2018
Videos
SEP 15, 2018
A Hangover Cure in a Pill
A night of drinking can lead to a morning of regret for many people, but science is working on a solution for the physical pain....
SEP 22, 2018
Videos
SEP 22, 2018
Did a Vampire Facial Expose Patients to Bloodborne Disease?
It seems there is no shortage of unusual beauty rituals; vampire facials may fall into that category....
SEP 27, 2018
Videos
SEP 27, 2018
What's at The Bottom of The Worlds Deepest Lake?
Have you ever wondered what’s at the bottom of the world’s deepest lake? The deepest lake is the ancient Lake Baikal located in southern Russia...
OCT 04, 2018
Videos
OCT 04, 2018
Understanding Fibromyalgia
Many people wonder exactly what causes Fibromyalgia, since there was never a definite answer, some question if the disease is even real despite the pain be...
OCT 11, 2018
Videos
OCT 11, 2018
An Inexpensive Kit Teaches Kids About Molecular Biology
Biology is advancing at a rapid pace. Students will be ready for those advances if they can learn about cutting-edge concepts at an early age....
OCT 21, 2018
Videos
OCT 21, 2018
What's up With Gluten?
It took many years for scientists to discover that gluten sensitivity was a real condition....
Loading Comments...