Getting quality sleep happens well before your head hits the pillow. The habits you create upon awakening determine if you have a sleepless night or sleep like a baby.

Here are foods that you should cross off your list in order to get a good night’s rest.

  • Chocolate and coffee are high in caffeine and give you energy, making it difficult to get a deep sleep. Cut off coffee consumption before noon to allow the body to rid itself of caffeine before heading to bed.
  • Cheeses contain tyramine, an amino acid that causes the brain to release a natural stimulant that sparks brain activity.
  • Ice cream, broccoli, brussel sprouts and similar foods can cause painful gas and keep you up late.
  • Bananas are nature’s natural energy booster, not something you need when trying to get rest.
  • Alcohol and other acidic beverages like citrus juices can trigger acid reflux and disturb your sleep patterns.
  • Fried foods or heavy meats like steak can cause indigestion
  • Spicy foods like curry can cause heartburn and boost your body’s temperature.
  • Celery, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes and other foods with a high water content can make you have to go to the bathroom throughout the night.
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