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Counting Sheep? Here Are 5 Foods That Could Be Hampering Your Sleep

Counting Sheep? Here Are 5 Foods That Could Be Hampering Your Sleep

If you lie awake until the wee hours counting sheep, we feel for you. Whether it's your kids in their cabin bed, or you in your double bed, a poor night’s sleep can leave you feeling rotten the next day and affect your levels of concentration.

You probably think you’ve tried everything – not watching television or playing on your phone for hours before bedtime, taking a soothing bath or maybe even reading a bedtime story – to varying levels of success. But have you ever considered your diet?

The following five foods can prevent sleep and cause insomnia so cutting down on your intake of them may have you dozing off in no time:

1. Cheese


We’ve all heard the old wives’ tale that eating cheese before bed can give you bad dreams, but giving up your blissful bites of brie could be a horrific idea for some.

So, is there any truth in the story? Well, sort of.

Cheese doesn’t necessarily give you nightmares, it does however make you dream, therefore raising the chances of a bad sleep. Many studies have found that these dreams are particularly memorable and stilton has been associated with the most unusual images.

2. Coffee


Coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant. Therefore the blacker the coffee and the more you drink, the less likely you will be able to relax and eventually fall asleep.

Caffeine takes around 4 to 6 hours to flush out of your system, so if you must have a coffee after dinner… go for it! But make sure not to drink any after this or you may be counting sheep for some time.

3. Sugary Cereal

Although some fortified cereals can be good for a night’s sleep, the colourful, sugar-filled alternatives do the exact opposite.

After eating sugary cereal, your blood sugar levels increase to provide you with more energy. As sugar burns off quickly, this will closely be followed by a slump. It is this swing that can impair sleep.

4. Bacon Cheeseburgers

They may taste absolutely amazing and be the treat of choice for many of us on a weekend, but the sheer amount of fat in this favourite dish can prevent a whole night’s sleep.

In a study by the University of Minnesota, researchers found that although a high-fat diet will result in sleeping for longer, much of this sleep is fragmented and naps are required during daytime hours.

Sadly, we can’t imagine work being too happy about you sleeping on the job.

5. Alcohol


Although you may think alcohol makes you sleepy, in fact, it can prevent you from receiving a solid night’s sleep and cause you to wake up multiple times.

This is because alcohol metabolises quickly in your system. It can also make you snore more, so your other half won’t be too pleased!

Get Comfortable With Happy Beds’ Help

Of course, if you’re struggling to get your 40 winks it could come down to your bed. If you’re not receiving the right support, your mattress is lumpy or your bed is just generally uncomfortable, there’s no wonder you’re struggling to get your rest.

Ensure you send yourself off to the land of nod ASAP, by investing in a quality, yet affordable mattress from Happy Beds. From pocket sprung to open coil, take a look at our vast range of mattresses.

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