If you’ve been having problems sleeping lately, you might want to take a look at what you’ve been munching on before your bedtime. Did you know that some foods and drinks contain just as much caffeine as a cup of coffee? We’re as surprised as you are when we first found out about the hidden caffeine boost in these foods and drinks!
Just like coffee beans, cacao beans naturally contain caffeine, and they happen to be the main ingredient in the heavenly creamy treat that is chocolates. The darker the chocolate, the more caffeine it contains. Some dark chocolate brands even pack up to 31 milligrams of caffeine a bar!
2. Decaf Coffee
If you’re one those who enjoy a cup of seemingly innocent decaffeinated coffee after dinner, we’ve got news for you; decaf coffee isn’t 100% caffeine-free. In fact, they contain an average of 2 to 12 milligrams of caffeine per serving. Now, granted, decaf coffee has less caffeine than a regular cup of coffee - which may contain upwards of 100 milligrams of caffeine - but it’s still enough to keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.
3. Ice-Cream and Frozen Yoghurt
No! Not ice-creams! *cue horror-faced emoji* Sadly, it’s true. Some ice-creams and even frozen yoghurt can contain caffeine that can rival a full cup of joe. The good news is that caffeine is typically found in coffee or chocolate-flavored ice-creams or frozen yoghurts, so you can still enjoy your favourite frozen treat in other flavors - such as vanilla or strawberry.
4. Protein or Energy Bars
It’s well known that protein bars give you a boost of energy, but the energy rush doesn’t come from just the sugar or fiber in them. Most protein bars contain up to 50 milligrams of caffeine, so try to limit these energy-boosting bars as breakfast or as pre-workout snacks.
5. Mints and Chewing Gums
Who would have thought that even mint candies and chewing gums could contain caffeine? It turns out that these breath fresheners can pack anywhere between 6 milligrams to 40 milligrams of caffeine per serving. This might explain why chewing gum is one of the recommended ways to stay awake during those long hours driving back to your hometown!
6. Breakfast Cereals
Now you know why breakfast cereals give you that extra energy boost in the morning, they contain caffeine! Chocolate flavored cereals contain as much as 11 milligrams of caffeine per serving, so be sure to check the label before you decide to have your them at night!
7. Carbonated Drinks
Not many people know that carbonated drinks - from cola to other flavored fizzy drinks - contain as much as 25 milligrams of caffeine per 100 milliliters. That’s less than half a glass! Just think, a full glass of a carbonated drink equals to half the caffeine content of a cup of black coffee. Makes you want to put down that can of soda immediately, doesn’t it?
Now You Know
There you go, now you know what foods and drinks to avoid to sleep better at night. If you tend to get snacky in the evening, check out this list of foods that can help you drift off to sleep like a baby. Of course, it helps when you have a mattress that’s as comfortable and breathable as Sonno mattress.
Did you know that Sonno offers a 100-night trial period so you can sleep on it in the comforts of your home? Well, now you do! Learn more about Sonno mattress at www.sleepsonno.com. You can also try Sonno sleep products at any one of our showrooms!