“Bad Sleep Foods” Can Make for a Restless Night

Sure, sure—everyone knows coffee can keep you up all night. Alcohol messes with your sleep cycle. Even big meals, spicy foods, or rich meals can make for a rough night in bed.

But reactions to specific foods and food ingredients may cause poor sleep patterns as well. New studies show food intolerances can cause insomnia, restlessness, frequent waking, restless legs, nightmares, sleep talking, and sleep walking. The most common bad sleep foods include:

  • Salicylates
  • Amines
  • Glutamates
  • Wheat/gluten, corn, and dairy
  • High-sugar foods

Learn how to spot these bad sleep foods and ingredients in The Athlete’s Fix.

My new book The Athlete’s Fix will help you find your problem foods—and the foods that make you feel and perform your best. The Athlete's Fix offers a sensible, three-step program to identify food intolerances, navigate popular special diets, and develop your own customized clean diet that will support better health and performance.

Find The Athlete’s Fix in bookstores; bike, run, and tri shops; and online from VeloPress, Pip Taylor (Australian orders, please), Fishpond Australia, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, and your local independent bookseller.

Bed photo: Flickr/thien-kim