If you want to fill up on takeout before getting a good night’s sleep, some choices are better than others, reports Refinery29.
In general, you’re going to want to forgo the aforementioned fried foods, high spice levels, and red meat, as well as alcohol. All of these can negatively affect your body’s natural falling-asleep processes. This is also one area where portion size really matters — it’s basically impossible to get a good night’s sleep when you’re uncomfortably full. That means that mindful eating habits are especially important here, so do your best to eat without scrolling through Instagram or letting Netflix roll on autoplay — tune in to your hunger and fullness cues.
Instead, gravitate towards menu items that pair carbs (preferably whole grains) with a small amount of lean protein, such as fish or chicken. Some nutritious veggies and a little bit of tryptophan-rich dairy will help calm you down as well. And many fruits, nuts, and vegetables contain compounds — such as potassium and melatonin — that make it easier for your body to relax when you’re ready to hit the hay.
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