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