Dessert after dinner, or a little “midnight snack” when you’re having a late night, are indulgences that most of us have enjoyed at least once or twice. But there are certain foods that can affect your ability to get a great night’s sleep. Additionally, eating some foods late at night can derail your weight loss or maintenance. Some foods can even lead to compromised health if eaten right before bed. Here are the top foods to avoid at night:
1. Soda: Soda is a bad choice at night for a number of reasons. The most obvious is that caffeine is a stimulant. If you struggle with insomnia or getting enough sleep, guzzling caffeine right before bed will keep you tossing and turning even worse than usual. The second reason is that soda is acidic, and caffeine actually causes the stomach to create more acid. Laying down right after ingesting an acidic substance causes reflux in many individuals.