We know there are foods that can give us energy, but did you realize there are foods that can make us tired, too? We’ve all eaten a big meal and then felt exhausted afterwards, but what about the times that you thought you were eating something good for you and still got tired? Turns out there are some foods we wouldn’t normally think of that can cause us to feel fatigued. Seemingly healthy foods can make you drowsy, too. If you’ve been feeling exceptionally tired after meals lately, you may want to consider limiting these foods during the day.
Bread: Carbs cause your blood glucose levels to jump quickly (that’s why you get a sudden burst of energy). But when these glucose levels start to drop back down, you’ll likely experience an energy crash that will leave you ready for a nap. Processed carbs (like white bread) are especially problematic, while whole grain breads are less likely to leave you feeling sluggish.
Bananas: Potassium and magnesium in bananas are to blame for the sleepy feeling. They help relax your muscles and send you off to dreamland. Instead, reach for an orange because its citrus scent can be energizing.
Cherries: Cherries are a natural source of melatonin, a hormone known to improve the quality of sleep. Eaten regularly, cherries can even help restore your natural sleep cycle and regulate your body’s circadian rhythms. This fruit makes for a tasty way to fall asleep.
Honey: Skip the sleeping pills and opt for a natural sleep aid: honey. One tablespoon is more than enough to help you fall asleep at night. Since honey contains glucose, this signals your brain to stop orexin production, the chemical that keeps you awake.
Dark chocolate: Chocolate lovers rejoice in the health benefits of dark chocolate, and they’ll be delighted to find that it promotes good sleep, too. The serotonin in dark chocolate sends your body into relaxation mode and also serves as a treat for your taste buds.
Oatmeal: It’s funny that oatmeal is enjoyed at breakfast when many of its qualities actually promote sleep. The grains in oatmeal cause your body’s insulin levels to rise, which in turn increase your body’s blood sugar. In addition, the oats contain melatonin, creating the perfect recipe for a snooze.