Foods to avoid to help stay asleep?

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Question from Xoot: For me, STAYING asleep is more difficult that GETTING to sleep. Are there foods that should be avoided in the evening to prevent nighttime awakenings? (I know alcohol interferes with sleep, but I am wondering specifically about food.)
Answers - Helena Schotland There are some folks who have reflux disease, and certain foods can trigger it. You also want to avoid foods that contain caffeine, such as chocolate, and citrus things that induce GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Sometimes there are foods that contain caffeine, like coffee ice cream or chocolate cake, and foods that have a high alcohol content, like rum cake.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Sleep Well: Healthy Habits for Good Rest featured Helena Schotland, M.D. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about ways to improve your sleep.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in January 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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