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These 6 Foods Are the Reason You Can’t Sleep – Nutritionist

These 6 Foods Are the Reason You Can't Sleep - Nutritionist
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Nutritionist, Alicia Rountree have listed the foods that keeps us awake at night.


The Mauritian model (she’s got the island hair and bronzed glow to prove it), certified nutritionist and restaurateur (she has to be able to put her knowledge into practice, right?) shared her secrets with Who What Wear.

These 6 Foods Are the Reason You Can't Sleep - Nutritionist
Alicia Rountree

We hear a lot about eating clean and avoiding sugar, but rarely do we hear diet tips from a model who also happens to have her degree in nutritional science.


Are you having difficulty sleeping and don’t know why? Sure, we all have times when stress is the culprit, and we find ourselves tossing and turning all night. But stress may not be the only reason you’re still tossing and turning. It may sound surprising, but the foods you eat can have a huge impact on your ability to get a restful night’s sleep and lead to a groggy morning. Take a look at the foods that cause insomnia below, and try avoiding them if you find yourself munching on them in the evening.

Fried Foods

Beware of these little pockets of grease! Your system will go into overdrive trying to break them down. Stay clear of high-fat culprits like French fries and chicken wings for dinner.

These 6 Foods Are the Reason You Can't Sleep - Nutritionist
These 6 Foods Are the Reason You Can’t Sleep – Nutritionist. Sleep photo by Anete Lusina


This rule is pretty simple: no coffee at least six hours before bedtime. Also, beware of hidden caffeine like the kind found in chocolate and soda. Yes, that little piece of dark chocolate you had to quench your sugar craving could be the root of your tossing and turning!



You may think a glass of wine will help you unwind, but it can actually disrupt your sleep cycle. You may fall asleep faster, but you’re likely to find yourself unable to stay asleep—and end up with a headache in the morning. Make sure you drink enough water to balance out the effects of alcohol.


Red Meat

High-protein, fatty animal meat is one of the toughest foods for our bodies to digest. If you happen to eat red meat in the evening, make a conscious effort to chew it properly to ease its digestibility.

These 6 Foods Are the Reason You Can’t Sleep – Nutritionist

Spicy Foods

Spicy foods are another treat better left for the daytime. A spicy meal can cause indigestion and irritation of the upper digestive tract. This can cause pain and acid reflux, which can prevent you from getting a peaceful night of sleep.


Yes, that’s why you wake up twice in the night to go to the bathroom. It’s so important to have an uninterrupted full night’s sleep. Try to stop consuming any liquids after 8 p.m. (just make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day).


How to Prepare for a Good Night’s Sleep

To help induce a peaceful night’s rest, there are a few rules you should follow. First, try to cut out electronic use at least one hour before bed. (That includes cell phones!) Have your phone in another room, and buy a standard alarm clock so you don’t need your phone to wake you up in the morning.

These 6 Foods Are the Reason You Can't Sleep - Nutritionist

It’s also helpful to have a calming ritual before bed. Light a candle and dim the lights. I love using a touch of lavender spray on my pillowcase to promote deep and peaceful sleep. I also love to read in bed. There’s something about a good book that helps me drift off into dreamland. A warm shower or bubble bath is equally relaxing. As you’re falling asleep, take some deep breaths to calm your mind and visualize yourself having a great night’s sleep.

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