What Your Snack Say About Your Sleep Personality
Late-night snacker? Take this quiz to find out if you’re eating right.
1. What would you rather grab for a midnight snack?
2. What food do you crave when you can’t sleep?
A. Lavender tea
C. Jalapeno poppers
3. Which drink sits on your nightstand?
4. What are you most likely to eat in bed?
A. A banana with almond butter
C. Fried chicken
5. What’s your favorite nosh during a late-might movie?
A. Trail mix
C. French fries
Total your As, Bs and Cs to score your sleep personality.
Mostly A’s: Sound Sleeper
None of these snacks are bloaty, greasy, overfilling or spicy, which can keep people awake. Cereal with low-fat milk not only is a popular bedtime snack, but could be helpful for weight loss in healthy women, finds a study in The American Journal of Physiology–Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. Always reach for water on your bedside table. A study in the journal Sleep reports more dehydration means less sleep.
A nightly banana increased men’s melatonin levels, the sleep hormone, four-fold, reports the Journal of Pineal Research. Almond butter also has melatonin. Plus, many of the ingredients in trail mix — walnuts, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries — contain sleep-promoting melatonin, reports the journal Nutrients. Lavender can also help soothe sleep.
Mostly B’s: Junk Sleeper
If you scored mostly Bs, your sleep may reflect your less-than-stellar food choices. “There’s such a thing as junk sleep,” says Pete Bils, Vice President of Sleep Science and Research at Sleep Number. It’s akin to junk food, which fills you up but doesn’t provide much nutrition. Medically, you’re asleep, Bils explains, but it’s just light sleep, and not restorative.
Eating cookies and cake before bed accounted for 31% of study participants’ bizarre dreams, finds Frontiers in Psychology. And 12% of those same study subjects swear chips also caused disturbing dreams. Chocolate has caffeine, which can inhibit sleep. Soda can be an endless loop: it causes you to sleep less, and tiredness causes you to reach for it. A study in Sleep Health finds sugary, caffeinated drinks cause short sleep — less than five hours per night.
Mostly C’s: Poor Sleeper
Fatty foods like a fast-food cheeseburger lead to fragmented sleep, reports a study in Psychoneuroendocrinology. Spicy foods like jalapenos have capsaicin, which has been linked to heartburn, the journal Gastroenterology reports.
As for wine, alcohol can make people feel sleepy at first, then metabolize into a stimulant that can keep you awake, especially as your body acclimates to the booze, as research has shown.
Finally, skip foods coated in oil that offer a big crunch, like fried chicken and French fries. Greasy foods often cause indigestion, which makes it harder to fall asleep. The fat is more slowly digested than carbs and protein, so your gut works overtime when it’s supposed to be resting.
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