These 6 Foods Are the Reason You Can't Sleep, According to a Nutritionist

Posted by Editorial Staff in Food On 24th September 2016

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 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.



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 asleepand 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.

Spicy Foods

Spicy foods are another treat better left for 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 is 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).


This rule is pretty simple: no coffee at least six hours before bedtime. Also, beware of hidden caffeine like the kind found in chocolate, black and green teas, 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!