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The Sleep Stealers

What’s been stealing your precious sleep?

I hate to break it to you, but some foods make bad bedtime snacks.

Think back to the those times you indulged in a “snack attack”- did you eat any of these foods?

  • potato chips
  • spicy instant noodles
  • coffee
  • pizza

Caffeine, spicy and heavy, high-fat foods are among the worst offenders.

A recent study shows that caffeine taken 6 hours before bedtime can have significant disruptive effects on sleep.

Moral of the story: refrain from coffee and energy drinks at least 6 hours before lights out. Avoid these drink as they act as stimulants, causing sleep fragmentation.

Can’t live without coffee?

Research shows that diets high in nutrients like hexadecanoic acid (found in butter, red meat and cheese) may also affect rest.

Next time you’re craving a late night snack, try these options instead:

  • whole grain crackers with turkey
  • a banana
  • a boiled egg and toast
  • dried fruits, seed and nuts

Happy Snoozing!



3 Reasons Why You Can’t Get Enough Sleep


Ever wondered why you’re not getting enough sleep?

Let’s be honest – uni students are notoriously good at pulling the proverbial all-nighter. Be it for an assignment due in a few hours or last minute cramming for an exam, we somehow pull through to survive the next day fuelled by caffeine.


Needless to say, the next few days are probably the worst. You’re now caught up in a cycle of accumulated sleep debt and before you know it, you’re struggling to keep your eyes open.

Here are 3 common reasons why you don’t get enough shut-eye:

  1. Taking sleep for granted

Ok so you’ve probably heard the saying “sleep is for the weak” but before you totally dismiss the idea you might want to check out this article: What If You Stopped Sleeping?

When you sleep, the brain is actually forming memories and going through the day’s events. These are really important for your mind and body to repair and function.

2. Caffeine is your drug of choice

Tea and coffee are your worst enemy if you’re trying to get a restful night. The caffeine found in these drinks acts as a stimulant that keeps you alert and restless. Try lemon and warm water instead.

3.  Glued to your screen

Every night, every day or basically everywhere you go. Yes, we’re all guilty of this. What’s important is that you wind down at least 1 hour before bedtime. The light from your phone or computer screens trick your mind into thinking its daytime! Try reading a book or listening to relaxing music instead.

Join the sleep revolution! Choose to Snooze!