I have to stop reading these lists of things to not eat before bed....it's making me said :(
1. Ice Cream. A bowl of ice cream might be the most comforting bad-breakup bed accompaniment, but there's a limit to its soothing properties. For starters, ice cream is loaded with fat, so you’re not going to give your body a chance to burn any of it before bed, and then all of the sugar is going to pump your body full of energy right before you hit the hay, so you’ll be sending your body divergent messages. On top of that, the sugar just gets stored and turned to fat, too, so this is a lose-lose situation all around.
2.Celery. Seeing celery on this list might surprise you, but there’s a simple reason for it: celery is a natural diuretic. What that means is it’s going to make you pee a bit more than usual. Diuretics elevate the rate of urination because they push water through the system. So that means that if you’re dipping into too much celery right before bed, your body might wake you out of your slumber for a pee break.
3. Pasta. Pasta is a fast and easy fix for those craving a quick bite before bed, but it’s not your ideal nighttime snack. Pastas are straight carbohydrates, and if you’re going to bed right after eating, that’s all going to turn into fat. On top of that, the things added to pasta -- oils, cheeses and heavy cream or tomato sauces -- will only add to the crowd in your love handles.
4. Pizza. The layer of tomato sauce has high levels of acidity, which is just another catalyst for acid reflux, but in general, fatty and greasy toppings -- especially high-fat meats and cheeses -- do a good enough job of their own on stirring up heartburn. That’s not the wakeup call you want at night. If you're going to do it, be nice to your stomach and check out these nutritional pizza toppings.
5. Candy Bars. If nightmares about the monster in the closet or the gremlins under the bed disturb your sleep, you might want to avoid candy bars. One of the easiest -- and worst -- ways of breaking out of a deep slumber is from a nightmare that’s very real to us. A recent study has shown that 7 out of 10 people who eat junk foods like candy bars before bed are more likely to be prone to nightmares. The hypothesis is that the high levels of sugar create more nightmarish brain waves.
6. Cereal. Mitt Romney loves a good bowl of cold cereal right before bed, but he might want to be careful which one he chooses or he won’t get the rest he needs. Cereals often contain high amounts of refined sugar and are chock-full of carbohydrates. That might set you off on a bit of a spike and crash in your blood sugar levels, which is not the ideal way to put your body at peace before bedtime.
7. Garlic. You might want to avoid garlic before bed if you’re sleeping with a partner, but it’s best avoided for reasons besides bad breath. Garlic is known as a “hot herb,” and, along with spicy food, it tends to have some properties in it that can cause heartburn.
8. Dark Chocolate. Who doesn’t like to sneak a little nub of chocolate before bed to get that warm feeling inside? Unfortunately, if you’re aiming for a good night’s sleep, dark chocolate is one of the foods you’d better avoid. Dark chocolate is a sneaky source of caffeine, which is known to perk you up. Almost all chocolate contains some level of caffeine/
9. Alcohol. There’s a general belief that copious amounts of alcohol puts you into a deep daze and produces great sleep, but that’s not fully accurate. While alcohol does help you get to sleep, it doesn’t lead to long-lasting and refreshing rest. Alcohol actually interferes with the restorative functions of sleep, often paving the way for shallow sleep and several awakenings throughout the night.
10. Red Meat. After a big portion of red meat -- be it a nice brisket or a big, juicy steak -- most of us undo the top button on our jeans and give way to the snooze-inducing itis. The problem is that red meat is loaded with proteins and fats that will keep your body hard at work throughout the night.