If you’re struggling to fall asleep, you may reach for a snack to help. Whichever food or beverage you choose, make sure it isn’t an avocado.
Avocados are trendy right now from dips and toast. But avocados should be avoided before bed if you want a good night’s rest. Nutritionists suggest that regularly consuming an avocado before bed can keep you awake because they contain an amino acid which activates the brain.
Nutritionist Rob Hobson explained, “The issue of sleep is huge and what you choose to eat or drink make up a small part of ‘sleep hygiene’ alongside many other lifestyle factors that need to be addressed or managed. Aubergines, avocado, nuts, and soy sauce all contain an amino acid called tyramine. This amino acid may inhibit sleep as it causes the release of a hormone called norepinephrine that stimulates the brain.”
By limiting or avoiding these types of foods, you may find you have an easier time falling asleep at night.
You should also avoid sugar-rich foods as they prevent orexin cells activity which is responsible for the brain releasing dopamine – the hormone that aids in sleep.
Foods to eat instead include sweet potatoes, tofu, and bananas.
Other tips for improving sleep including sticking to a nighttime routine, consuming a warm tea, taking a warm bath, listen to relaxing music, and ensuring you are sleeping on a comfortable bed in a cool environment – not too hot or cold.
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