The Late-Night Eating Scenario
It’s late and you’re hungry. You want food, now. You shuffle down the stairs to the kitchen, your rob tied loosely around your body. You half consciously open the fridge and peer in at its contents. The fridge light makes you squint. You reach for something. Is that…yes! It’s a leftover piece of chocolate cake from your friends birthday party. Score!
And just like that, you’ve compromised your health in more ways than one. You might feel like a full belly equals a good night’s rest, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. A heavy meal right before bed can put a strain on your digestive system and disrupt your sleep.
Sporadic, late-night eating can also lead to weight gain. Consuming these foods in particular only makes your health worse.
This should be a no-brainer. Coffee is a wake-me-up drink, so it won’t help you go to sleep. Studies have shown that coffee also compromises deep sleep and alters the normal stages of sleep.
Contrary to popular belief, decaf coffee isn’t caffeine-free, it just has less caffeine than regular coffee. Try a herbal tea like chamomile to get your body ready for sleep while aiding your body in digestion. Try to drink your tea with nothing in it to avoid sugar or dairy before bed.