A small cheeseboard before bed? If you're after a good night's sleep that midnight snack might not be worth it after all

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Via: Martin Poole / Sainsbury's

Spicy food late at night might not be the best thing for a restful night's sleep

We’ve all had one of those evenings when raiding the biscuit tin seems like the perfect thing to do before clambering into bed.


But while a late-night snack might make you feel better at first, some foods could be preventing you from getting a good night’s kip. Anything with high levels of sugar, caffeine or other stimulants really isn't your best bedfellow. 


So, who are these supposed food offenders keeping us up at night?


Veg out

What: celery
The story goes: it contains a natural diuretic which means you could be popping to the bathroom more than usual in the night
We say: pesky veg

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The Delicious Life / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: thedelicious


Curry curb

What: spicy food
The story goes: it can produce excess amounts of stomach acid which can cause heartburn and bloating. Some researchers have said it raises body temperature too
We say: suddenly that late-night curry order doesn’t seem such a good idea

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Via: Martin Poole / Sainsbury's


Kick the caffeine

What: coffee
The story goes: drinking caffeine before bed, with its stimulant effects, can lead to a disrupted night
We say: we’ve heard this before but kicking that after-dinner coffee habit is tough 

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Michael Allen Smith / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: digitalcolony


Party pooper

What: alcohol
The story goes: while a cheeky nightcap might help send you off to sleep, it will unfortunately be a disrupted and dehydrated night's sleep if you indulge in too much booze
We say: we tend to agree

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Buck's fizz cocktail

Photo: Homemade


Cookie monster

What: sugar, aka chocolate and biscuits
The story goes: it will give you an instant burst of energy right when you want to be cool, calm and collected
We say: better have that midnight feast a little earlier, then

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Tim Sackton / CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: Sackton


Foods you should eat in the morning

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