Foods & Drinks You Should Never Eat Before Bed

Available for Interviews: Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an internal medicine physician, a work-life integration researcher, and an international expert on the mind-body-spirit connection. She is also an international speaker and bestselling author of Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity.

Dr. Dalton-Smith was recently published in Shape Magazine on how to feel less sleep-deprived and more rejuvenized when we wake up in the morning. Here’s another story angle on the topic.

What Dr. Dalton-Smith  Can Say in an Interview on:
How to Get a Restful Sleep: 

Want to get the most restful sleep? These are the food types you should try to avoid:

Stimulants: Coffee, green tea, soda with caffeine, and chocolate. Caffeinated products like coffee, tea, soft drinks, and chocolate increase adrenaline production and can block sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain. The effects of caffeine can linger in the body long after consumption, up to 6 or more hours.

Acidic foods: Tomatoes, grapefruit, and Spicy foods: (“heartburn” = acid reflux), hot peppers, tabasco, cayenne. Acidic foods like citrus and tomatoes and spicy foods can increase the production of gastric acid within the stomach and can lead to reflux symptoms such as coughing/choking when you lie flat to sleep.

Diuretics: Teas, beer, even water. These types of fluids interrupt sleep because of the need to urinate. In order to prevent having to urinate in the middle of the night, avoid excessive consumption of fluids within the hours before retiring to bed. Some liquids like alcohol have natural diuretic properties that will lead to increased urine production and poor water re-absorption within the body.

Interview: Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith runs a consulting and coaching business in Birmingham, AL that helps leaders and high-achievers reshape their view on change, communication, and self-care to optimize their personal and professional effectiveness. She is an international wellness expert and has been featured in numerous media outlets including Fast Company, FOX, MSNBC, Prevention, Psychology Today, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. Dalton-Smith is also an international speaker, a CDC Wellness Series speaker, and hosts a podcast I Choose My Best Life. She is the author of numerous books including her newest bestselling Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, which includes ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life. Over 100,000 people have discovered their personal rest deficits using her free assessment at Learn more about her at:

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