Foods That Can Keep You From Sleeping


These Foods Might Be Keeping You Up At Night!

Want to improve your sleep quality? Well, the answer can potentially be in your diet. Oranges are an excellent source of daily vitamins and dietary fiber however; did you know that eating citrus foods like oranges can keep you from sleeping at night?

Foods with high acidity (like oranges) can cause heartburn which can result in discomfort at night. We asked Dr. Claire Kenneally, Board Certified Sleep Specialist at Chicago Sleep Center a division of ChicagoENT, to help shed some light on how food can play a burglarizing role in our sleep.

“Many foods on this list are super healthy and nutritious for you but it’s not recommended to eat them before bedtime because these foods can interfere with your sleep,” says Dr. Kenneally.

Foods to Avoid Before Bedtime and Why?

Caffeine Drinks-drinks like coffee and certain teas can keep your mind overactive.

Dark Chocolate-while this tasty treat is rich in antioxidants, it also contains caffeine and theobromine, which causes the heart rate to increase and contributes to sleepless nights.

High Protein Foods-keeps your digestive system working hard rather than shutting down for sleep.

Foods Containing Water-like celery and watermelon can cause you to visit the bathroom too many times at night rather than visiting your dreams.

Spicy Foods-we all love a big bowl of chili but eating spicy foods too close to bedtime can cause heartburn, acid reflux and indigestion. Heartburn can also be made worse when lying down.

Sugary Foods-now we all know that having a candy is not good for you but having it before bedtime can spike your insulin levels, making it difficult to sleep.

Alcohol-disrupts sleep and stops you from entering REM-a deeper state of sleep.

If you are feeling hungry before bedtime and need a snack, Dr. Kenneally recommends having a healthy blend of protein, fat and carbohydrates. “Try a banana with some peanut butter,” said Dr. Kenneally.

If you still find yourself having trouble falling or staying asleep, there might be a possibility that you could be suffering from a sleep disorder. Talk to your primary care physician or call us at 773.296.5500 to schedule an appointment with a board-certified sleep specialist.

ChicagoENT World-Renowned Sleep Experts Can Help

Referring physicians trust ChicagoENT and Sleep Center to care for their patients than any other Chicagoland practice. For over 30 years our board-certified, skilled and fellowship trained physicians have been providing pediatric and adult patients with diagnosis and comprehensive treatment options that are innovative, non-and minimally invasive. In fact, physicians at ChicagoENT and Sleep Center helped pioneer non-invasive treatments that are available and being performed today.

Chicago Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). This accreditation assures the highest quality level of care by specially trained physicians and sleep technicians who rigorously follow evidence-based protocols for evaluating and treating sleep disorder patients.

Don’t trust your sleep to anyone else. let us help you get the good night’s rest you’ve been dreaming about. We offer 10 convenient Chicagoland locations with private, luxurious hotel amenities, and in-home testing available. To make an appointment to see one of our sleep medical specialists call,

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