2. Greasy foods
Consuming foods that are high in saturated fat such as takeaways, deep fried foods and some ready meals, as well as red and processed meats places a lot of pressure on our digestive systems.
Our gut needs to use a lot of energy to digest these foods, signalling to the brain that we’re still in daytime, awake mode, therefore disrupting our sleep patterns.
Sleep studies have found that eating a high fat meal for dinner will cause us to wake more during the night and that we’ll spend less time in restorative, dream-state sleep called REM, or rapid eye movement sleep. It can even affect the way we breathe whist we’re asleep and lead to sleep disturbances caused by acid reflux.
High fat, greasy foods can lead to poor quality sleep if we eat them later on in the day. Studies show that those who eat a high fat diet experience more interrupted sleep than those on lower fat diets.