MIND & BODY | 7 Snacks Keeping You Awake And What You Should Replace Them With

It’s the early hours of the morning and you’re still awake. Instagram is telling you it’s time for bed by politely reminding you that you’re all caught up on two days’ worth of content, but you just can’t fall asleep. Why does this keep happening? As it turns out, the proof is – literally – in the pudding.

Ultimately your body decides when it’s time to shut down, and indulging in the wrong foods can seriously upset your sleep cycle. While most avoid the obvious culprits, there are some lesser-known evils that you should steer clear of too close to bed time.

Chocolate

What you may view as an after-dinner treat is actually a trick – chocolate is on par with coffee when it comes to sleep interruption. One small bar of dark chocolate contains as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. If you do manage to get some shut eye, you won’t be able to achieve deep sleep and you’ll be struggling to stay awake the next day.

Ice Cream

It would be rude to leave it sitting in the freezer!’, we hear you say. We agree, but save it for the daytime – dairy products are notorious for disrupting your sleep because of the high fat content.

Spicy Food

While great for your metabolism, the capsaicin chemical in chilies – the same one that makes your mouth burn – gets your blood flowing and raises your body temperature. This is bad news if you’re aiming to get a good nights’ sleep, as your body temperature naturally decreases in the evening to signal to your brain that you’re ready for bed.

Pizza

You gave in to your cravings and ordered a late-night snack-we’re not judging. However, don’t expect to sleep soundly. The combination of fatty cheese and acidic tomato sauce will spur on acid reflux and you’ll be tossing and turning throughout the night.

Water

It’s  important to stay hydrated throughout the day, though trying to fill your daily quota too close to bed time means you’ll be in an out of bed all night. Slowly decrease your water intake three hours before you’re planning to sleep.

Green Tea

If you’ve been drinking green tea after dinner as a way to aid digestion, it’s time to switch to chamomile. While its beneficial to sip during the day, green tea contains theophylline and theobromine – stimulants that increase the heart rate and keep you alert.

Broccoli

Vegetables like broccoli are packed with vitamins that make it a valuable side dish, however it also includes insoluble fiber that your body will have a hard time digesting. This means your body will continue to work while you’re sleeping, making you uncomfortable and unlikely to get your eight hours.

What To Reach For Instead

Kiwis

Studies have shown kiwis to be one of the most effective snacks to induce sleepiness, and eating just two fruits one hour before bed makes you fall asleep 35 percent faster than your non-kiwi eating insomniacs. This is due to its high levels of antioxidants and vitamins C and E.

Cherries

The human body naturally produces the sleep hormone melatonin, which signals our body that it’s time to sleep. As luck would have it, these tiny gems are full of it and you only need one ounce of pure cherry juice to sleep through the night.

Bananas

According to the Journal of Research and Medical Sciences, the magnesium and potassium in bananas  work together to make your muscles feel more relaxed, in turn making you feel ready to hit the hay. Eating a banana before bed also increases the quality of sleep, and stops you from feeling groggy when you wake up in the morning.


Antibodies In Breast Milk Remain For 10 Months After Covid Infection – Study

Breastfeeding women how have been infected with Covid – 19 continue to secrete virus – neutralising antibodies into their milk for up to 10 months, data suggests. Besides emphasising the important role breastfeeding could play in helping to protect infants from the disease, researchers believe that such antibodies could be used to treat people with … Continue reading Antibodies In Breast Milk Remain For 10 Months After Covid Infection – Study

Changes To Menstrual Cycle After Covid Vaccination Should Be Investigated, Says Expert

Paris / France – A potential link between changes in the menstrual cycle after having been vaccinated against Covid should be investigates, an expert has written in a newly published report. Thousands of women have reported changes in the periods after getting jabbed, such as their cycle running late and heavier or unexpected flows. These … Continue reading Changes To Menstrual Cycle After Covid Vaccination Should Be Investigated, Says Expert

Azzedine Alaia’s Parisian Residence And Atelier Are Explored In This New Documentary

Paris / France – – Late Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alia’s Parisian home has become the subject of a new documentary, ‘Azzedine Alaia, 18 Rue de la Verrerie Paris’, Directed by Nathalie Plicot and narrated by French actor Isabelle Huppert, the 27 – minute film gives a rare glimpse into Alaia’s 4,000 – square – meter home. The … Continue reading Azzedine Alaia’s Parisian Residence And Atelier Are Explored In This New Documentary

Study Sheds Light On Impact Of Covid – 19 On Male Fertility

Scientists believe that Covid-19 could affect male fertility after an early study showed patients who died from the virus had decreased sperm counts. Researchers also rebuffed what they called ‘myths’ on social media about the effect of Covid-19 vaccines on male fertility. Scientists from the University of Miami examined six patients who died from Covid-19 … Continue reading Study Sheds Light On Impact Of Covid – 19 On Male Fertility

Does Ingestible Collagen Work?

The ingestible collagen boom began several years ago, ans still shows no signs of abating. In fact, it’s been given yet another bump by avid TikTokkers touting its beauty benefits as ever more options pour into the marketplace. Among the promises: It will bless you with dewy, plump skin, strong nails, supple joints, even healthier … Continue reading Does Ingestible Collagen Work?

Cate Blanchett Sees Pandemic As Chance For Refelction On Plight Of Refugees

This year’s World Refugee Day offers a chance to reflect on the uncertainty faced by those forced to flee their homes, actor Cate Blanchett, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency, says as the world grapples with the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oscar winner and UNHCR goodwill said  the annual June 20 … Continue reading Cate Blanchett Sees Pandemic As Chance For Refelction On Plight Of Refugees

7 Health Benefits Of Cherries

It’s cherry season again! They’re fresh, plentiful, beautiful, and delicious, but, you may be wondering – are cherries actually that good for you? The answer is yes, 100 times yes! Cherries are not only one of the healthiest fruits, they also rank as one of the most health protective foods overall. One cup, or about … Continue reading 7 Health Benefits Of Cherries

When Is The Best Time Of Day To Drink Coffee In Order To Boost Productivity?

Coffee lovers will tell you that every time of day is the best time to drink coffee; however experts say that there is an ideal time to sip a cup of joe in order to really reap the benefits of that caffeine boost. ‘If you are someone who has average tolerance to caffeine, then after having coffee, whether it’s … Continue reading When Is The Best Time Of Day To Drink Coffee In Order To Boost Productivity?

The Cindy Cheo ‘Peony Brooch’ Inducted Into The V&A Museum

The 2018 Black Label Masterpiece XVIII ‘Peony Broach‘ by Cindy Chao The Art Jewel was inducted into the acclaimed William and Judith Bollinger Gallery of the Victoria and Alerbert Museum. The one – of – a – king brooch is made primarily of purple colored titanium and set with thousands of rubies and diamonds. The red petals … Continue reading The Cindy Cheo ‘Peony Brooch’ Inducted Into The V&A Museum

‘Alarming’ Number Of Young People In UAE, Saudi Arabia Diagnosed With Cance: Study

Young people across the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, according to a study. Almost half of new cancer cases in both countries are of patients under the age of 50%, the study revealed. … Continue reading ‘Alarming’ Number Of Young People In UAE, Saudi Arabia Diagnosed With Cance: Study

Angelina Jolie Discusses Life As A single Mon: ‘I’ve Been Alone A Long Time Now’

Angelina Jolie is opening up about being a single mother of six. The ‘Maleficent’ actress appeared on E!’s ‘Daily Pop’ this week to discuss her upcoming film, ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’, in which she dished on her life at home with her children. Asked how she juggles it all, from her Hollywood career, humanitarian … Continue reading Angelina Jolie Discusses Life As A single Mon: ‘I’ve Been Alone A Long Time Now’

Jennifer Lopez Rocks The Stage In Zuhair Murad Design At Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World

U.S. singer and actress Jennifer Lopez was among a number of celebrities who took to the stage at the Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World show on Sunday – and she pulled out all the stops with three wardrobe changes, which included a shimmering jumpsuit from Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad. Performing some … Continue reading Jennifer Lopez Rocks The Stage In Zuhair Murad Design At Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World

Ramadan Kareem From Christian Louboutin Beauty

This Holy Month, pamper you loved ones by gifting them beauty treasures from Christian Louboutin Beauty. Full of generosity and appreciation, you 2021 Ramadan promises to be unforgettable. For this special moment, the traditional glossy boxes for lips and fragrances will be dressed in a customised red sleeve featuring a crescent moon and a lantern. To fully embrace the spirit of … Continue reading Ramadan Kareem From Christian Louboutin Beauty

Diptyque’s New Fragrance Traces the Path Of An Iconic Arab Explorer

Celebrating the French fragrance maison‘s 60th anniversary, Diptique’s new launch – Eau Rihla – has a special connection to the Middle East. Named after the Arabic word Rihla, meaning journey, the new frageance was inspired by the 14 century globe – trotting merchant, Ibn Battuta and his travels throughout the known world. Perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin drew his inspiration directly from … Continue reading Diptyque’s New Fragrance Traces the Path Of An Iconic Arab Explorer

Prince Harry And Meghan’s First Netflix Project To Focus On Invictus Games

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will produce their first Netflix Inc. series that will focus on athletes competing in the Invictus Games for injured veterans in the Hague in 2022. The series will provide – the – scenes stories of athletes and organizers as they prepare for the event, which been delayed until next spring … Continue reading Prince Harry And Meghan’s First Netflix Project To Focus On Invictus Games

WELLNESS | What Are Essential Oils, And Do They Work?

Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine that employs plant extracts to support health and well – being. However, some of the health claims associated with these oils are controversial. The article explains all you need to know about essential oils and their health effects. What Are Essential Oils? Essential oils … Continue reading WELLNESS | What Are Essential Oils, And Do They Work?

ARTS & CULTURE | Amsterdam Studio VOUW’s Luminous Installation ‘City Gazing Riyadh’ Celebrates Hope

Noor Riyadh which is opened in Saudi capital on March 18 (last Friday), one of the most exciting light and art festival globally, combining the highest quality of light artworks across the largest city footprint. Celebrated Dutch design studio VOUW feature on the roster of more than 60 global artists who have been selected to … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Amsterdam Studio VOUW’s Luminous Installation ‘City Gazing Riyadh’ Celebrates Hope

No Zoom, No Sweatshirts As 93rd Oscars Producers Plan For Live, In – Person Event

With nominations set and just over a month until showtime, details are tricking out about the 93rd Oscars and neither sweatshirts not zoom made the cut. ‘Our plan is that this year’s Oscar will look like a movie, not a television show’, said show producers Jess Collins, Stacy Sher and Steven Soderbergh in a statement on … Continue reading No Zoom, No Sweatshirts As 93rd Oscars Producers Plan For Live, In – Person Event

Noor Riyadh: Spectacular Installations Light Up Saudi Capital’s Night Sky

Noor Riyadh, a magnificent light and art festival begin on Thursday for the first time with spectacular installation’s lighting up the night sky of the Saudi Arabian capital for 17 days till April 3, 2021. The magnificent installations will be visible to all in public spaces across the city. Displayed will be significant works of … Continue reading Noor Riyadh: Spectacular Installations Light Up Saudi Capital’s Night Sky

CELEBRITY | J.LO And Alex Rodriguez Reportedly Split After Four Years

Singer Jennifer Lopez and former New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriquez were reported on Friday to have split up after almost four years together. Celebrity website TMZ, the New York Post’s Page Six and multiple entertainment websites cited unidentified sources close to the couple as saying the pair had called off their engagement. Representatives … Continue reading CELEBRITY | J.LO And Alex Rodriguez Reportedly Split After Four Years

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s