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Foods Children Should Avoid Before Bed

If you’re having a hard time getting your child to fall asleep and they’re eating right before bedtime, the snack may be to blame. While there are many healthy bedtime snacks that can help people sleep better, giving your child the wrong food before tucking them in may be keeping them awake.

Kids need up to 13 hours of sleep depending upon their age to perform their best at school. To help them get that optimum amount of shuteye, here are foods you want to avoid giving them for at least a few hours before they turn in.


Any kind of sugary food or beverage disrupts sleep because the sweet stuff helps your body produce more of the hormone gherlin, which keeps the body awake.


Who doesn’t love a cheesy slice of pizza, especially kids? While cheese on its own is a healthy bedtime snack, the acid found in pizza sauce can cause heartburn while the added grease makes the stomach work harder to process it.

Celery and Cucumbers

These two foods may be surprising; they’re nutritious vegetables, they make healthy snacks, and they don’t contain any sugar. So why shouldn’t kids crunch on them at night? Because they’re natural diuretics which means they draw water from the body and can make you pee more. This can interrupt sleep when a child needs to make a bathroom visit, and they can exacerbate bed wetting.

Watermelon is a diuretic food as well. Save these foods to enjoy earlier in the day.

Sugary Cereals

A low-sugar, healthy cereal with a little bit of milk makes a healthy bedtime snack, as the carbs from the cereal and the tryptophan in the milk encourage sleep. However, many kids’ cereals contain high amounts of sugar that can counteract this natural sleep aid. Stick to unsweetened or low-sugar cereals and oatmeal.

Orange Juice

It may be packed with vitamin C and potassium, but orange juice is both highly acidic and full of sugar, which means it’s not a great choice before bed.


Water may be the healthiest beverage, but too much of it can encourage bedwetting and create the need for a middle-of-the-night bathroom trip.

Help Your Child Sleep Better

Giving your child good bedtime snacks and avoiding certain foods is only one way to encourage a better night’s sleep.

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