There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to sleep – and even worse, not knowing why you can’t get to sleep. While there may be a number of factors at play that are stopping you from sleeping easy, the foods that you are eating could be standing between you and a night of sweet dreams.
According to registered nutritionist and model Alicia Rountree, when trying to figure out why we cannot sleep we often overlook the food that we are eating. “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,” she wrote in an article on Byrdie.
1. Red meat
According to Rountree, meat is difficult to digest and therefore having it late at night may force your body to work harder than it should at that hour. “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,” said Rountree.