The quality of your sleep can be affected by the some common snacks after dinner.
Although mint has many health benefits, it can cause you to lose sleep. You should avoid the habit of chewing mint gum or drinking a cup of mint tea after dinner.
Most vegetables, especially broccoli, cabbage, carrots and cauliflower, have high levels of insoluble fibre that travels slowly through the digestive system. Your body has to work harder to digest them, affecting your sleep.
The soluble fibre called fructans in onions can cause flatulence. This will affect sleep, so make sure your dinner does not contain too much onion.
Nuts are a favourite snack after dinner or late at night. However, the high protein and fat content can provide the type of natural energy that you do not need at night.
Bacon, sausage and processed products contain high levels of tyramine, an amino acid that produces the brain stimulant norepinephrine. This can make you feel uncomfortable, because your brain and stomach are still functioning.
Spicy foods can make it difficult for you to sleep because of heartburn. They also increase body temperature, causing difficulty in falling asleep.
Ice cream contains much sugar and fat, taking a long time to digest. After dinner, eat yoghurt instead of ice cream for easier digestion.
Dark chocolate contains caffeine. The darker the chocolate is, the more caffeine it contains.
Green tea also contains caffeine. If you are hypersensitive to caffeine, or often anxious, you should not drink green tea after dinner.