Having trouble sleeping, this may be the reasons behind your insomnia

Having trouble sleeping, this may be the reasons behind your insomnia

Most of us have had problems sleeping at one time or another. What many of us do now know is that certain foods my be at the root of the problem. Here is an article you will find to be of interest.

6 Foods That Cause Insomnia

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 3:16 PM

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard

If you’re having trouble sleeping, you’re not alone. A survey found that 37 percent of Americans had difficulties sleeping during the previous 12 months. Although there are many causes of insomnia, including stress, depression, and medications, some foods prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Some of those foods may surprise you — you’re probably aware if coffee keeps you awake, but did you know that a ham sandwich could also keep you sleepless? Below is a list of six foods that sabotage sleep.

• Deli meats. If a ham sandwich seems like a good bedtime snack, think again. Smoked and preserved meats contain high amounts of an amino acid called tyramine. Tyramine stimulates the brain to release norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter released by the adrenal gland that is a part of the body’s “flight-or-fight” response and increases heart rate and blood pressure, making you feel more agitated and restless.

• Spicy foods. A leftover piece of pizza may be a poor choice for a bedtime snack. A study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology found that healthy men who ate spicy foods some evenings slept less and had poorer quality of sleep than on evenings when they ate non-spicy foods. Researchers speculate that spicy foods interrupt sleep by raising body temperatures. Spicy foods could also cause heartburn, which would also interfere with a good night’s sleep.

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