Eating Ice Cream Before Bedtime Can Disrupt Your Sleep

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Sleeplessness can be caused by a number of reasons and foods play a key role in triggering this condition. There are kinds of foods and drinks that make you hard to sleep such as celery, oats, red meat, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, spicy foods and more. Ice cream is among the foods that can disrupt your good night’s sleep. Although this comfort food is so yummy, creamy and happiness-inducing, eating it before bedtime is not a great idea.

Firstly, ice cream not only prevents you from falling asleep but also makes you feel sluggish the following morning. Like other dairy products, the world’s favorite cold dessert is loaded with a high amount of fat. Although the body needs fat to produce hormones and provide energy, too much fat can result in cardiovascular disease. A 1/2-cup serving of vanilla-flavored ice cream, for example, contains 9 g of fat that slows your digestion. It makes your stomach work overdrive to digest it as well as keeps your brain running at full speed and then crashes suddenly. Therefore, consuming this frozen treat makes you hard to get comfortable enough to sleep well.

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Secondly, ice cream definitely keeps you up because it contains a bucket load of sugar. A serving of vanilla ice cream, for example, delivers 40 calories from sugar, or about 27 to 40 percent the American Heart Association’s suggested limit of daily sugar intake for men and women. The high amount of sugar can disrupt your sleep cycles by causing an imbalance of insulin as well as send your blood sugar levels spiking, making your energy levels jump and then plummet.

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More interesting, it has been discovered that consuming high-sugar foods before bed including ice cream causes nightmares.

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Therefore, if you want to sleep better, you should try to stay away from ice cream before going to bed. You can replace it with a glass of warm milk, a banana or other fruits and a cup of hot chamomile tea, or yogurt but make sure to eat at least two hours before bed.

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Zidane Randall is a certified wellness coach in Ottawa. He often speaks and writes on a variety of wellness and self care topics affecting professional women.

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This article was published on 2013/08/16