Caffeine is a stimulant. Any form of caffeine or any other stimulant, like dark chocolate is not good to eat before bed – sometimes you must limit it to right after lunch. Avoid a high-protein diet!
Here’s one that will be hard to believe….french fries! The carbohydrates alone will send a body into hyper-drive! If your client must, allow them a few, but do not give them an entire portion!
Tryptophan is one ingredient found in milk. Milk can actually help you sleep better but dairy can make an elder’s mucus thicker thus make nasal breathing more difficult and will disrupt their sleep.
Spicy foods will increase acidity thus cause your client heartburn or reflux. When your client goes to sleep, the digestive system slows and increases these issues.
Steak is a fatty food, high in protein. Besides raising your client’s cholesterol and increasing obesity levels, steak is digested slowly and eating it close to bedtime runs the risk of disrupting the circadian rhythm. High-protein diets are also linked to sleep apnea.
Certain veggies, such as broccoli and cauliflower also contain tryptophan (like that in turkey) which induce sleep. But when your client eats these vetties too close to bedtime, since they contain slow-to-digest fiber, the fiber will keep the body working hard, trying to digest it, well into the night.
If your client drinks alcohol, they may get to sleep faster, but they may wake more often and feel fatigued and tired in the morning. Alcohol acts as a muscle relaxant. It may increase snoring thus disrupt sleep.
Each and every one of these foods and drinks must be monitored so that you can prove to your clients once again that With Age Comes Respect.