Enjoy bananas and nuts but DON'T eat dark chocolate

Nutritionist shares the foods you should eat and avoid at night

The foods you should eat for a good night's sleep - and the snacks to avoid at all costs

Everyone loves an after dinner snack, but there are a number of popular treats that are significantly impacting the quality of your sleep.  

Australian dietitian, Susie Burrell, revealed in a blog post that there are certain foods people should eat if they want to get a good night's rest and particular meals that they should avoid.

'There is no doubt that there are both foods that help and hinder our sleep, consuming a massive meal close to bedtime is sure to disrupt things, while high fat foods are known to leave us feeling tired and lethargic,' she said. 

Australian dietitian, Susie Burrell, revealed in a blog post that there are certain foods people should eat if they want to get a good night's rest and particular meals that they should avoid
 

FOODS THAT HELP 

Bananas

One of the main reasons bananas benefit sleep is because of their rich nutrients.

These nutrients are potassium and magnesium, which aid muscle relaxation.

'In addition, the natural carbohydrates found in bananas will gradually see a reduction in blood glucose levels which will help to induce sleep 60 minutes or so after consumption,' Susie said.

One of the main reasons bananas do such a good job at bringing people to slumber is because they are rich in nutrients
 

Milk

Growing up many children will consume warm milk before bed time and there is a reason for this.

Susie explained that milk is a source of the amino acid tryptophan which helps produce serotonin in the body.

Serotonin acts as a 'neurotransmitter' that naturally calms the body and helps prompts sleep. 

Nuts

All nuts have different benefits for the human body but Susie said they all help in encouraging sleep as they're nutrient rich.

The presence of calcium helps your brain use tryptophan to produce the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin.

'It is [also] the essential fats and amino acids including tryptophan which link the consumption of nuts close to bedtime and sleep,' Susie said.

'It is [also] the essential fats and amino acids including tryptophan which link the consumption of nuts close to bedtime and sleep,' Susie said

FOODS TO AVOID

Dark chocolate

Although healthy eaters may reach for dark chocolate when they're craving sugar it shouldn't be consumed too close to bed time.

This is because it contains more chocolate contains more caffeine than regular chocolate. 

'This means that enjoying your dark chocolate after dinner is not the best idea if you have difficulty falling asleep,' Susie explained.

Although healthy eaters may reach for dark chocolate when they're craving sugar it shouldn't be consumed too close to bed time

Ice cream

Although a sneaky bowl of ice cream before bedtime can be too good to resist, it isn't always the best decision.

This is thanks to the mix of sugar and fat that can be found hiding inside, particularly ice cream that is filled with lollies, which stimulates the brain rather than a relaxant.

Salty food

No matter whether people are consuming pizza, Chinese take away or a curry, the high amount of salt will impact people's sleep. 

'Not only do we often have issues with ingestion, but dehydration is also common which can result in you waking regularly during the night desperate for water,' she explained.

'Another common issue that we consider less frequently, is the MSG content of these meals, which can again leave us feeling agitated and stimulated at a time when we should be relaxing and calming down.' 

No matter whether people are consuming pizza, Chinese take away or a curry, the high amount of salt will impact people's sleep
 

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