तेज पैडल के साथ बजा दी घंटी , साइकिल से निकल पड़े मनु महाराज
पटना : पटना के SSP मनु महाराज किसी न किसी बहाने राजधानी को पढ़ते रहते हैं . तभी बार-बार सक्सेस मिलती है इन्हें . इसके लिए कभी भीड़ में शामिल हो जाते हैं, तो कभी चुपचाप अंधेरी रात को वेष बदल अकेले मोटरसाइकिल से निकल पड़ते हैं . रात में पुलिस की ड्यूटी जांचने को थानों में सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक करते हैं और पीपुल्स फ्रेंडली बने रहने को पटनाइट्स के बीच बटरफ्लाई स्ट्राइक भी करते हैं .
आज 19 फरवरी संडे को पटना में एक मीडिया संस्थान की ओर से ‘बाइकॉथन’ मतलब साइकिल दौड़ का आयोजन किया गया था . बड़ी संख्या में इसमें पार्टिसिपेंट शामिल हुए . लेकिन इनके बीच सुपर हीरो थे पटना के कमिश्नर आनंद किशोर और SSP मनु महाराज .
मनु महाराज ने पार्टिसिपेंट के बीच अपनी उपस्थिति दर्ज कराई . साइकिल चुनी और फिर तेज पैडल मारने लगे . SSP की साइकिल की घंटी जैसे ही आगे बढ़ने को बजती,सभी कौतूहल के साथ मनु महाराज को देखते . साइकिल से चलते मनु महाराज इसके साथ ही पटना के लोगों का मिजाज भी साइलेंटली पढ़ते जा रहे थे . प्रस्थान और पड़ाव के स्टॉप पर उन्होंने सबों से बातचीत भी की .
आईपीएस मनु महाराज का क्रेज़ तो पहले से ही है . इस कारण से जैसे ही साइकिल से फुर्सत पाए, लोगों ने उन्हें साथ में सेल्फी के लिए घेर लिया . महाराज ने भी सबों को पूरा मौका दिया . इसके साथ ही उन्होंने हेल्थ बेनिफिट के लिए सबों से नियमित तौर पर साइकिल चलाने की अपील की . कहा,वे भी खुद को फिट रखने के लिए रोज काफी वर्कआउट करते हैं . काम कितना भी हो,बगैर पसीना बहाये आप चुनौतियों के लिए खुद को तैयार नहीं रख सकते .
मजेदार तो यह कि साइकलिंग के वक़्त भी कई ऐसे मौके आये जब SSP मनु महाराज पुलिस कप्तान की ड्यूटी निभाते नजर आये . वे जरुरी निर्देश दे रहे थे . इस दौरान सबों ने मनु महाराज की आँखों को सदैव चौकस रहने के मोड में देखा .
ऐसे कई पैरेंट्स हैं जो बच्चों को सेफ्टी के लिए कम उम्र में ही स्मार्टफोन थमा देते हैं। अब बच्चें उस स्मार्टफोन का इस्तेमाल कैसे कर रहे हैं इस बात की जानकारी आपको नहीं होती। यानी वो ऐसे Adult ऐप्स तो सर्च नहीं कर रहे जो उन्हें इस उम्र में नहीं करने चाहिए। हो सकता है वे ऐप्स को यूज करके डिलीट कर देते हों, ऐसा करने पर आपको भी पता नहीं चलेगा। ऐसे में जरूरी है प्ले स्टोर को ही सेफ कर दिया जाए। यानी सर्च करने पर भी कोई Adult ऐप्स रिजल्ट में ना आए। हम यहां पर ऐसी ट्रिक बता रहे हैं, जिससे आप ऐसा कर सकते हैं।
Tamannaah Bhatia and Prabhudheva graced the launch of Telugu film ‘Abhinethri’.
Trivikram Srinivas and Nithiin are all smiles at the success meet of Telugu film ‘A Aa’.
K Bhagyaraj and Sivakumar were present at Jayakumar’s wedding reception.
Prabhu dropped in to wish newlyweds Vinoth Kumar and Sindhu.
The trailer of Sathyaraj’s horror comedy ‘Jackson Durai’ was unveiled on June 1.
Huma Qureshi and Pragya Jaiswal were among the celebrities at SIIMA 2016 press conference.
Pranitha Subhash chose a Mint Blush creation for the occasion.
Amyra Dastur posted on Twitter: “Went on the bohemian side for the @siima press con. Wearing @RidhimaBhasin01 #RozinaVishram. Stylin @bornalitalukdar”
Venkatesh, Daggubati Suresh Babu and Rana Daggubati remembered late Telugu producer Dr. D. Ramanaidu during a press meet.
Cinematographer PC Sreeram inaugurated Click Art Museum at Chennai Book Fair.
Soundarya Rajinikanth graced the audio launch of Tamil film ‘Kabali’.
Dhanush, Keerthy Suresh and Prabhu Solomon attended the audio launch of Tamil film ‘Thodari’.
Amala Paul descended at the audio launch of Tamil film ‘Amma Kanakku’.
Kushboo arrives for SIIMA 2016 press meet.
Jayam Ravi looked dapper at SIIMA 2016 press meet.
Nikki Galrani posted on Twitter: “Thank u @siima for all the love u always shower on us. was an amazing evening @ the press meet @BrindaPrasad1 @sridevisreedhar”
Vedhika made heads turn at SIIMA 2016 press meet.
Sivakumar, Suriya and Karthi pose for photographers during the 37th Sri Sivakumar Educational & Charitable Trust Award ceremony.
The first look of Nandamuri Balakrishna’s Telugu film ‘Gauthamiputra Satakarni’ was unveiled last week.
A R Rahman in conversation with Nagarjuna during the audio launch of Telugu film ‘Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo’.
Chiranjeevi’s performance was the highlight of CineMAA Awards 2016.
Jr NTR was declared Best Actor for his performance in ‘Temper’.
Allu Arjun took home the Best Actor (Jury) award for his performance in ‘Rudhramadevi’.
Tamannaah Bhatia showed off her dancing skills during CineMAA Awards 2016.
Shriya Saran put on her dancing shoes for CineMAA Awards 2016.
Anushka Shetty addressed the audience after receiving the Best Actress – Telugu award for her performance in ‘Rudhramadevi’.
Nayanthara took home the Best Actress – Tamil award for her performance in ‘Naanum Rowdy Dhaan’.
Before handing out the Critics Best Actor (Female) award to wife Jyothika, Suriya said: “And the winner is my pondati.”
Best Actor – Kannada winner Puneeth Rajkumar is all smiles.
Best Actor – Malayalam winner Mammootty and Chiranjeevi pose for photographers during 63rd Filmfare Awards (South).
This is Vikram’s fifth Best Actor – Tamil Filmfare (South) award.
Sai Pallavi shared the Best Debut (Female) award with Pragya Jaiswal.
Akhil Akkineni shared the Best Debut (Male) award with G V Prakash.
“I’ve always dreamt of winning the Filmfare award. I mean, who doesn’t? I even practised my thank you speech, so I wasn’t going extempore today,” Best Debut (Female) award winner Pragya Jaiswal told The Times of India.
Amy Jackson performed during 63rd Filmfare Awards (South).
Rakul Preet Singh showed off her dancing skills at 63rd Filmfare Awards (South).
National Award winning Telugu director Krish Jagarlamudi recently got engaged to Dr. Ramya Velaga.
Sivakarthikeyan addresses the audience during the launch of Tamil film ‘Remo’.
Jai and Pranitha Subhash pose for photographers during the pooja of Tamil film ‘Enakku Vaitha Adimaigal’.
You must have seen huge and muscular ‘Hulk’ who is a fictional superhero appearing in movies. This heavy muscular guy seems out of the world but, we have found a huge man from Iran, Sajad Gharibii who looks alike Hulk and has been compared on Internet with the fictional superhero!
This guy is probably the biggest man you have ever seen in your life
Sajad Gharibii is from Iran
Some people believe, he is either overweight or pictures are Photo-shopped
Check out his photos: (All Pictures- Instagram)
1. George Clooney and Amal Clooney leave at the end of “Un Muro o Un Ponte” Seminary held by Pope Francis at the Paul VI Hall on May 29 in Vatican City, Vatican.
2. Sia performs on Day 1 of the Boston Calling Festival on Government Center Plaza on May 27 in Boston, Massachusetts.
3. Will Arnett and Stephen Amell pose at Bondi Beach during a photo call ahead of the Australian premiere of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” on May 28 in Sydney, Australia.
4. Filmmaker Jon Favreau congratulates members of the cast of “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” musical during opening weekend of the new nighttime show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
5. Eva Herzigova at the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2017 cruise collection show at Blenheim Palace on May 31 in Woodstock, England.
6. Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper work with a patient of the Starkey Hearing Foundation at the Four Season Hotel Ritz Lisbon on May 27 in Lisbon, Portugal.
7. Mario Andretti and Lady Gaga are seen before the the start of the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
8. Noomi Rapace (L) and Tom Hardy attend day one of the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park on May 28 in London, England.
9. Robyn performs on Day 2 of the Boston Calling Festival on Government Center Plaza on May 28 in Boston, Massachusetts.
10. Elle Fanning poses for photographers at the UK premiere of the film “The Neon Demon” at a central London cinema on May 31.
11. Actress Jane Krakowski attends her Sardi’s caricature unveiling at Sardi’s restaurant on May 31 in New York City.
12. Rosie O’Donnell plays drums as she performs in the show Cyndi Lauper & Boy George In Concert with guest Rosie O’Donnell at The Borgota Hotel Casino & Spa on May 29 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
13. Juno Temple (L) and Elizabeth Olsen at the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2017 cruise collection show at Blenheim Palace on May 31 in Woodstock, England.
14. Janelle Monae performs on day 3 of the Boston Calling Festival on Government Center Plaza on May 29 in Boston, Massachusetts.
15. Bella Hadid walks at the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2017 cruise collection at Blenheim Palace on May 31 in Woodstock, England.
16. Carrie Fisher (accompanied by her canine companion, Gary) visited Madame Tussauds London’s epic Star Wars experience on May 31, where she came face-to-face with a figure of her iconic film character, Princess Leia.
17. Jodie Foster poses during a photocall for the movie “Money Monsters” on May 30 in Sydney, Australia.
18. A model displays a creation by Wirda during the Muslim Fashion Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 27. The event was held to greet the upcoming holy fasting month of Ramadan which will start on the first week of June.
19. Actress Amber Heard leaves Los Angeles Superior Court on May 27, after giving a sworn declaration that her husband Johnny Depp threw her cellphone at her during a fight May 21, striking her cheek and eye. The judge ordered Depp to stay away from his estranged wife and ruled that Depp shouldn’t try to contact Heard until a hearing is conducted on June 17.
20. Photographer Annie Lebovitz speaks at her UBS-commissioned exhibition, “WOMEN: New Portraits,” to be held in Hong Kong, on May 31.
21. Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth and Roland Emmerich pose during an “Independence Day: Resurgence” photocall outside the Park Hyatt on June 1 in Sydney, Australia.
22. Actress Tamsin Greig poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film “Breaking the Bank” in London, England, on May 31.
23. Diane Kruger attends the Lola – German Film Award (Deutscher Filmpreis) on May 27 in Berlin, Germany.
24. Actresses Sarah Suco and Marilou Berry pose with parrot Arthur during day eight of the 2016 French Tennis Open at Roland Garros on May 29 in Paris, France.
25. Adele performs at Arena di Verona on May 28 in Verona, Italy.
26. Sufjan Stevens performs at the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre on May 30 in George, Washington.
27. Leon Bridges plays an acoustic pop-up show at the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre on May 27 in George, Washington.
28. Justin Bieber drinks champagne at the podium during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 29 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
29. Lady Gaga suits up before her ride during the start of the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
30. Musician Alice Cooper (R) and actor-musician Johnny Depp of Hollywood Vampires perform onstage at Hessentags-Arena during the 56th Hessentag on May 29 in Herborn, Germany.
Follow a National Geographic Your Shot member as he shows us the best of his city.
One thing you’ll notice immediately in Hong Kong is that people rush about everywhere. Over 10 years ago, I moved to Hong Kong.
This woman who sells ribbons can be found on the historic stone steps of Pottinger Street in Central.
Every 30 seconds or so during peak hours at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, hundreds of people squeeze across the crosswalk, shoulder to shoulder. Causeway Bay is the busiest shopping district on Hong Kong Island, from tiny local boutiques to famous global brands. There is also a nice concentration of eateries, from Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant to Hong Kong’s favorite street food–curry fish balls.
If your jet lag is keeping you awake all night, you might as well take a walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront at dawn. Not only will you get a fresh view of the city, you’ll probably run into this guy.
Hong Kong is a notoriously superstitious place.
Ocean Park is the SeaWorld of East Asia.
Most people in Hong Kong live in tiny, pigeonhole-size apartments.
The Pok Fu Lam Cemetery offers an awesome ocean view.
Despite its resemblance to District 12, Lamma Island is actually very pleasant. Located a short boat ride from Central, the island has a nice hiking trail that connects the north and south. I would recommend arriving in late morning at the northern village of Yung Shue Wan, having a picnic on the beach, then hiking to the southern port village of Sok Kwu Wan by sundown. Savor some of the freshest seafood in Hong Kong, then take a ferry back to civilization.
The Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month. Ghosts in Hong Kong seem to prefer Cantonese cuisine and very loud Chinese operas.
Once a year on the 26th day of the first lunar month, the goddess Guan Yin opens her purse strings and lends out good fortune to those in need. The most popular Guan Yin temple in Hong Kong is this one in Hung Hom.
Dragon Boat Race
In Hong Kong, the Dragon Boat Carnival is three intense days of international rivalry among thousands of peddlers fueled by millions of liters of beer.
The best way to get around Hong Kong is the subway system, locally called the MTR
Hong Kong’s unique double-decker tram was founded in 1904. It’s one of Hong Kong’s best known icons.
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We all desire beautiful skin, sans the blemishes, but we hardly put in the extra effort (guilty as charged). In our day-to-day life filled with chaos and to-do-lists, who has the time to visit the salon and pamper your skin, right? Most of us don’t even take out 20 minutes from our routine to cleanse our skin, let alone intensive skin care. But what we don’t realize is that most skin-types need a regular face clean up for that healthy, radiant look. Note: It’s time to take care of your skin by acing the basics. After all, your face is what gives you away when you are excited, happy or stressed. We bring you a step-by-step guide to get flawless skin at home in no time, plus expert tips to enhance your natural beauty, and keep blemishes at bay.
Face Clean-Up at Home: A Step-By-Step guide
Here are 6 steps you must follow while doing a face clean up at home for radiant, flawless skin, free of dead skin cells and dirt.
Wash your face thoroughly with a facial cleanser or face wash, and pat the skin dry with a soft towel. “Avoid hot water as it dries out the skin”, recommends Dr. Rahul Nagar, Dermatologist, Max Hospitals.
Optional: Steam for as long as your skin can sustain (approximately 5 minutes) and then gently wipe the face with a facial tissue. This step works wonders for oily skin. Massage your face using an ice cube (in circular motions), thereafter, to tighten the pores and bring back the skin temperature to normal.
Proceed by applying a face scrub for a few minutes since it helps eliminate dead skin cells, which make your skin look dull.
4. Face Pack
No matter what your skin type is, the application of a moisturising face pack makes your skin soft and also improves your skin tone.
Apply a home-made toner on your face, such as cucumber juice and rose water, which helps maintain the pH balance.
Finally, apply a nourishing cream on your face and neck. “Don’t forget to moisturise your face before going to bed. For dry skin, use milder cleansers that are free from alcohol. And for acne prone skin, use a lotion that contains benzoyl peroxide”, suggests Dr. Zaheer Ahmed, Dermatologist, Max Hospitals.
For best results, follow this routine at night (once a week), since it allows the skin to breathe and gives you a fresh, revitalised look in the morning.
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Bajirao Mastani Deepika and Priyanka’s Pinga in Bajirao Mastani had the dimpled diva flaunt a maroon marathi Nauvari style.
Chennai Express Deepika played a South Indian in Chennai Express and to suit her role the actress donned sarees and half-sarees.
Cocktail Dressed in a lehenga style sari, Deepika looked hot in the black sari, which she flaunted in Homi Adajania’s Cocktail.
Break Ke Baad Deepika’s saree in the song Adhoore Hum from Break Ke Baad might have gone unnoticed, but it is definitely one of her best saree outings
Deepika has wowed us in kurta and palazzo pants in Piku, but the traditional look she flaunted for one the sequences in the film, got us hooked. The red and black striped sari with gold border, gold earrings and super minimal makeup definitely deserves a special mention.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Who would forget Naina in this film! While she is remembered for her nerdy looks, her sizzling blue saree in the song Badtameez Dil left us awestruck. The bikini blouse, the lose hair and the makeup were all so perfect that Deepika looked nothing less than a diva.
Contrarily, going to bed hungry may have worse consequences when it comes to a restful night’s sleep.
Eating one of the best foods before bed may help you ease into dream-land.
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A restless or shortened sleep can confuse your metabolism enough to promote weight gain.
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Get under the down comforter with this sleep-inducing food from Down Under. This sleep hormone is related to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and its low levels may cause insomnia.
Cherries act as a natural sleep aid thanks to their melatonin content, a naturally produced hormone that signals to our bodies that it’s time for bed.
4. Cereal and Skim Milk
Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which serves as a precursor for the hormone serotonin, a sleep-inducing agent. Higher fat whole milk will take your body longer to digest, keeping your body working late rather than snoozing.)
And according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating a high-glycemic carb like jasmine rice (or rice cereal) 4 hours before bed can cut the amount of time it takes to fall asleep in halfcompared to a low-GI food.
“Sleep aid” is #17 on the list of 21 Amazing Things That Happen To Your Body When You Eat Bananas. Bananas also contain tryptophan, the precursor to calming and sleep-regulating hormones serotonin and melatonin.
Another great muscle-relaxing magnesium source? Calcium plays its role by helping the brain convert the amino acid tryptophan into sleep-inducing melatonin. This also explains why dairy products which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are one of the top sleep-inducing foods.
Yet another reason to love this versatile food. With its long list of sleep-inducing nutrients, spinach is an insomniac’s best friend. Not only is it a source of tryptophan, the green is an excellent source of folate, magnesium, and vitamins B6 and C, which are all key co-factors in synthesizing serotonin, and subsequently, melatonin. Spinach also contains glutamine, an amino acid which stimulates the body to get rid of the cellular toxins that lead to sleeplessness.
Don’t count sheep, eat lamb! Tryptophan, an amino acid found in most meats, has demonstrated powerful sleep-inducing effects. Pair your source of tryptophan with a carbohydrate-rich food like brown rice (also high in sleep-supporting magnesium and vitamins B3 and B6) to enhance the eye-shutting effects.
9. Low-Fat Yogurt and Granola
Yogurt, honey, oats and bananas all contain tryptophan, and the carbs from the banana and whole grain granola will help the tryptophan-rich foods get absorbed by the brain. Oat’s tryptophan content is even higher when it’s left uncooked.
10. Peanut Butter On Whole Grain
The “whole” part is important. Whole grains include the germ of the grain, which is removed during the refining of whole wheat grains into white flour. This germ includes important B vitamins such as folate and vitamin B6—both important micronutrients required for proper absorption of tryptophan—as well as magnesium to loosen your muscles. Pair it with tryptophan-containing peanut butter (and perhaps some bananas and honey) to help you catch some ZZZs.
11. Cottage Cheese
Completely avoiding food before bedtime can actually be bad for your weight loss goals. Have a little cottage cheese before bed.
12. Passionflower Tea
For starters, passionflower tea has the flavone chrysin, which has wonderful anti-anxiety benefits and is mild sedative, helping you calm nervousness so you can sleep at night.
13. Lemon Balm Tea
Another relaxing tea is lemon balm.
14. Valerian Tea
Valerian is an herb that’s long been valued as a mild sedative, and now research is showing what tea enthusiasts have known for centuries. In a study of women, researchers gave half the test subjects a valerian extract, and half a placebo. Thirty percent of those who received valerian reported an improvement in the quality of their sleep, versus just 4 percent of the control group. While researchers have yet to identify the exact active ingredient, they suspect that receptors in the brain may be stimulated to hit “sleep mode” when coming in contact with valerian.
15. Hop Tea
Legend has it that when workers were gathering hops for the master brewer’s latest beer, they kept falling asleep on the job! People began to realize there was a sedative property to the hops, and they started using them in teas to aid with sleeplessness.
16. Coffee and Soda
We hope you’d know this one by now! But in case you need a little background info: “Caffeine can stimulate the central nervous system several hours after consuming it,” say The Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT. “If you’re at all sensitive to it, you will probably lie awake.” Caffeine’s stimulating effects can last anywhere from 8 to 14 hours, so make sure to keep your sleep in mind when you’re thinking about the timing of that cuppa joe or afternoon diet soda. We’d recommend laying off around 8 hours before you’re planning to hit the hay.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that chocolate treat after dinner isn’t doing your REM any favors. Like coffee, dark chocolate also contains caffeine, which can increase arousal, prevent your body from shutting down, and decrease your ability to develop and sustain deeper stages of sleep. Chocolate bars have varying amounts of caffeine, but an average 2-ounce, 70 percent dark chocolate bar contains around 79 mg—over half of what’s in an 8-ounce cup of coffee. If you know you’re sensitive to caffeine, but don’t want to ditch the dark chocolate completely, try savoring your sweet treat earlier on in the night or cutting down on portions.
That nightcap might actually be doing the opposite of its intention. While a late-night glass of wine can help relax you and help you fall asleep faster, it actually prevents your body from fully indulging in its REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle, which is where truly restful sleep and dreaming occurs. According to nutritionist Mitzi Dulan, RD, “Research shows that drinking alcohol before bed can make you more likely to wake up throughout the night and diminishes quality of sleep. We also know alcohol can lead to snoring since it is a potent muscle relaxer.” For a little motivation to cut back on the booze, check out these amazing benefits of giving up alcohol!
19. Fatty Foods
We’re talking about the usual suspects here, like cheeseburgers, loaded burritos, and ice cream sundaes. (Yep, you’ll have to say bye-bye to Ben and Jerry before bed!) “These high-fat foods take longer to digest,” offer The Nutrition Twins, which they explain will keep your body up working rather than relaxing. Fatty foods “often cause bloating and indigestion that interferes with a sound night’s rest,” they continue. This leads to a more fragmented sleep, so you wake up the next morning without feeling refreshed.
20. High-Sugar Cereals
Pass right by the fruit loops, please. “Eating high-sugar cereals will make your blood sugar spike and crash, which will affect your sleep,” says nutritionist Lisa DeFazio, MS, RDN. She continues, “choose cereal with less than five grams of sugar per serving.”
21. Hot Peppers & Spicy Foods
Spicy foods are a go-to when it comes to revving up your metabolism, but they’re also ruining your chances at falling asleep. Spices like cayenne and Tabasco get their metabolism-boosting properties from capsaicin, which can trigger heartburn in sensitive individuals. Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, explains this compound gets your blood flowing as well, “Its thermogenic properties can increase the body’s core temperature.” Since your core temperature naturally decreases as you get ready to sleep, raising it can cause you to feel more awake and struggle with staying asleep.
22. A High-Protein or High-Fat Dinner
A little lesson in logic: “You may think a high-protein or high-fat dinner will keep you full all night, preventing you from waking. But research shows that eating a high-protein meal before bed can lead to sleep disturbances,” advises Palinski-Wade. Experts believe it’s because a meal containing a high protein content contributes less tryptophan—the amino acid which is a precursor to the calming hormone serotonin—than it does other amino acids. A lower tryptophan to other large amino acids ratio actually reduces serotonin. And, like many other foods on this list, you may wind up with indigestion or acid reflux since you’ll be lying down with a full stomach.
23. Dried Fruit
Consuming too much of a high-fiber food like dried fruit can bother your stomach and cause you to have gas and cramps during the night, according to DeFazio. “This is thanks to their high-fiber, low-water content.” Come morning, don’t eat ’em, either. They’re one of the top foods nutritionists wish you would stop adding to your overnight oats.
You might want to rethink having that tall glass of H2O on your bedside table—unless you’re saving it for the morning. “Yes, you should drink plenty of water during the day to stay hydrated. In fact, even slight dehydration can significantly drain your energy levels,” offers Palinski-Wade. “But if you drink too much right before bed, you may find yourself awakening multiple times to urinate. Instead, start to taper off your fluid intake about three hours before bedtime.” To chug more water during the day and help aid your weight loss efforts, try one of these detox waters!
Whether it’s a quick fix for working late or your go-to drunk food, a slice of pizza might satisfy your cravings, but it’ll leave you worse off in the A.M. “The combination of fat in the cheese and the acid in the tomato sauce can have a negative impact on your sleep quality,” says Palinski-Wade. “High-acid foods can trigger acid reflux, especially when eaten close to bedtime. Even if you don’t feel ‘heartburn,’ this reflux can cause you to awaken partially from sleep and leave you tired the next day.”
Leave those apres-dinner mints on the check and head home! There are health benefits of mint, but sleeping well isn’t one of them. “Many people pop peppermints into their mouths after dinner to freshen their breath,” says Hayim. “Some people have it in their tea thinking it will soothe them. But, as it turns out, peppermint is a heartburn trigger. So, definitely stay away from it before bed!”
27. Green Tea
We are huge fans of green tea at Eat This, Not That!—after all, we created an entire best-selling plan in which happy test panelists lost 10 pounds in a week! So enjoy this nutritious sipper throughout the day, but make sure to taper off several hours before bedtime, at the least. On top of caffeine, green tea contains two other stimulants, called theobromine and theophylline, which Hayim tells us may cause increased heart rate, feelings of nervousness, and overall anxiety.
28. Fries and Ketchup
This fast-food combo serves up a double whammy when it comes to disrupting those sweet dreams. On top of fries being greasy, they’re also high in fat, and will keep you up as your body tries to digest them. Dipping them in ketchup is asking for more trouble. “Ketchup is extremely acidic thanks to the tomatoes it’s made with,” offers Hayim. “In addition to the acid that is naturally there, ketchup is usually preserved with other chemicals that make them even more acidic and may lead to heartburn.” Watch out for tomato sauce, too: “Pasta and marinara sauces can contribute to indigestion and heartburn,” The Nutrition Twins say. “This is especially important if you’re prone to indigestion. When you lie down to go to bed, digestion slows and the horizontal position can make heartburn and indigestion even worse.”
29. Raw Onions
Being able to kiss someone goodnight isn’t the only reason to give up these guys right before bedtime. “Onions can cause gas that affects the pressure in your stomach,” says Hayim, which can result in acid to enter back into your throat—not a pleasant feeling when you’re trying to catch some ZZZ’s. She explains, “Studies have found that raw onions can cause potent and long-lasting feelings of reflux in people who already have heartburn.” Now that’s something to toss and turn over. So even if you’re eating healthy on those late-nights at the office, be sure to nix these from your salad.
30. Too Much Food
While you shouldn’t go to bed starving (that presents its own body-busting problems, like depleting your lean muscle storage), you also shouldn’t hit the sack completely stuffed. When you eat a large meal before bed, your body is working to digest it long into the night — and if your body is still worked up, so are you. The later you fall asleep, the less rest you’ll get, and you’ll wake up feeling groggy and more likely to reach for calorie-dense items.