ua en ru

Expert reveals top foods that prevent you from falling asleep

Expert reveals top foods that prevent you from falling asleep Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

Sometimes it happens that even after a tough day, a person can't fall asleep immediately or keeps waking up in the middle of the night. As it turns out, food can have an impact on poor sleep. However, it's possible to improve the situation. Therapist and sleep specialist Denise Lordache offered a few tips.

What not to eat before bedtime

According to the expert, if you want to fall asleep quickly and have a restful night's sleep, avoid salty foods. Indulging in chips and similar products is not a good idea.

"High-sodium foods, such as salty snacks, processed meats, and some canned goods, can lead to increased water retention which in turn dehydrates your body. When you're dehydrated, you may wake up during the night feeling thirsty, disrupting your sleep cycle," the expert explained.

Expert reveals top foods that prevent you from falling asleepSalt doesn't help you sleep well (photo:

In addition, salty products can hinder your sleep for other reasons. They can affect your blood pressure and make you wake up to go to the bathroom.

"Excessive salt intake can elevate your blood pressure, making it more difficult to relax and fall asleep. Hypertension is associated with sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnoea," the specialist added.

Expert reveals top foods that prevent you from falling asleep

The secret to a good night's sleep (photo:

How many hours before bed can you eat salty food?

However, if you still want to indulge in something salty but don't want to compromise your full sleep, eat such dishes no later than 2-3 hours before going to bed.

"This allows your body ample time to process the sodium and reduce the likelihood of night-time disruptions. Being mindful of your salt intake, especially in the evening hours, can contribute to a more restful night's sleep. Choosing low-sodium alternatives or opting for a balanced, moderate meal before sleep can help reduce the likelihood of disruptions to your sleep and contribute to a more restful night," the expert noted.

When hunger strikes you right before bedtime, opt for something light and unsalted. The specialist recommends enjoying a small bowl of oatmeal or a banana.

Moreover, we recently explained what happens to the body if you sleep only 5 hours a day.