July 30, 2013
Welcome back to part two of this exciting but also somewhat “bummer-ing” series about foods that prevent sleep. In the previous entry, I’ve told you about the first four “foods” that prevent sleep. It probably came as a surprise to some of you, and maybe it even came in a “kill-joy” manner. Well, I’m sorry, but that’s life. But fret not! You can still consume the foods mentioned in this series as long as you eat them in the right time.
For obvious reasons, just don’t consume them just a few hours before sleeping. Give your body’s digestive system enough time to break it all down and digest it. So let us cap off this series by listing down the remaining four food that will most likely keep you from your precious sleep.
Refined carbohydrates are basically “Go-foods” or complex carbohydrates like rice, wheat, corn, et cetera, that have undergone the process of refining. And by “refining” that commonly and basically means stripping them of its bran and the germ from the whole grain. What this does is that it gives it a better consistency, which is good for consumption, but not for sleep.
You see, refined carbohydrates most usually do not have nutrients like iron, vitamin B, and fiber, which are all very helpful in the process of sleep. These processed carbs do the same thing sugar does to your body’s system, which is to raise your blood sugar to give you that “rush.”
When shopping in a grocery store, you’d usually find foods with the labels “whole grain” or “whole wheat” or “whole cereal” on the label, and that means it’s been refined one way or another. Reminds you of breakfast cereals, right? Well, obviously, there’s a reason why it’s consumed in the morning when you’re getting ready and gathering energy for the day, and not usually at night before heading to sleep.
Aside from being the reason of debate among people who prefer saying “tomato” one way and saying “tomato” another way, they’re both words that rhyme. Well, enough about the wording and spelling and pronunciation. They, as edible food grown from the plants, are quite regularly consumed in meals. They’re both commodities as common ingredients. That’s a good thing, since they’re nutritious, but they’re both in this list for the same as chocolate was in the previous article – it contains tyramine which induces your body to release a natural stimulant called norepinephrine. French fries with ketchup aren’t so bad in the daytime, though.
Sounds like a fancy chemical compound, huh? Well yes, of course it’s a chemical compound (like orange juice), but MSG is actually a very common ingredient in cooking, especially with Asian cuisine – namely, Chinese food. It’s also easy to find among the list of ingredients of artificially-flavored products that tastereally good.
It’s not uncommon to find certain individuals that may have headaches after eating relatively copious amounts of MSG in their food (or sometimes even trace amounts). It’s an unnatural preservative and it’s actually a stimulant. Aside from all of that, it’s bad for your health in the short run since no one likes being deprived of sleep with a headache, and it’s also bad for your health in the long run. Too much of everything is never good – even if it tastes good, because honestly, MSG makes food taste a lot better.
Speaking of good food that isn’t good for your sleep, I guess it’s time to segue on to…
No, it’s not overrated in the Internet; people are just really honest about how delicious it is. Wait, before you flip your desk and bang your head on the keyboard, there’s a sound reason. Bacon has tyramine. It’s the stimulant from hell that I’ve been talking about since the previous article.
Well you might think that it’s unfair considering how I specially mentioned bacon, but actually, since a lot of other deli meats are made of the same thing – tissue from a slaughtered animal, (which tastes great, by the way), even hams and sausages are included. I’m sorry. I’m really, really sorry. But hey, what’s stopping you from eating bacon and sausages and hams the next morning? Nothing. So after you eat healthy bedtime snacks that can help you get to sleep easier, go on and eat a whole course of fattening, stimulating protein the next morning.
It’s just a matter of timing. There’s a time for everything, and there’s a season for every activity in all of creation. You can get some sleep and delicious food the next day, you just have to know when to have it so it can benefit your taste-buds and your stomach in the daytime, and your tired eyes at night. Sweet Dreams!