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5 Foods To Avoid Eating Before Bed For A Goodnight Rest

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Maybe, the reason why you can’t sleep isn’t because witches are chasing you. Rather, the food you’ve been eating before bed are causing all the troubles.

Here we’ve put together a list of 5 foods to avoid in order to have a restful night.

1. Ice cream

Ice cream is high in sugar, which can spike your insulin levels and high insulin levels have been shown to make it difficult to fall asleep. Beyond that, most folks eat ice cream late at night—as opposed to at, like, six pm. Late night snacking on ice cream can lead to increased cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone that can make it difficult to fall asleep as well.

2. Chocolate

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that chocolate treat after dinner isn’t doing you 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. 

3. Soda

We’ve all heard it before: soda is really just not good for you. Despite it’s scary side effects, it’s also awful for falling asleep. It’s full on sugar, which leaves you wide awake, and has even been connected to restless sleep.

4. Alcohol

Alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, but you might not sleep well, waking up often, tossing and turning, and even having headaches, night sweats and nightmares. It can help to down a glass of water for each alcoholic drink, to dilute the alcohol’s effects. But for a good night’s sleep, it’s better to avoid alcohol 4 to 6 hours before bedtime.

5. Coffee

This one should come as no surprise, but it’s actually your afternoon coffee drinking that can have more of an effect on your sleep than you would expect. Caffeine can remain in your system for hours, so it’s best to avoid it for several hours before going to bed.

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COVID-19: Nigeria records 1444 New cases, more deaths

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Nigeria, on Sunday, recorded one thousand, four hundred and forty-four (1444) new COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the figure in a tweet via its Twitter handle Sunday night.

Lagos, Plateau, Kaduna, FCT, Ebonyi and Akwa Ibom top the list with 901, 136, 57, 54, 53 and 52 cases, respectively.

According to the NCDC, Nigeria recorded fifteen additional deaths in the last 24 hours.

Nigeria has now recorded 110, 387 COVID-19 cases and 1,435 deaths officially.

NCDC tweeted: “1444 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

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Seven deaths as NCDC confirms 476 new COVID-19 infections

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Seven people were confirmed to have died of COVID complications on Thursday, increasing Nigeria’s fatality toll to 992.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the new deaths in its update for August 20.

According to the agency, 476 new positive samples were recorded in 17 states and the federal capital territory (FCT), and Lagos topped the list with 235 infections.

Thursday figure of new cases signified a slight drop in the number of positive samples recorded on Wednesday when 593 infections were confirmed.

However, recoveries increased by a slim margin with 265 patients discharged – a total of 37,569 people have now recovered across the country.

A total of 50,964 cases have now been confirmed in 36 states and the FCT.

Meanwhile, the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 has expressed concern about the low turnout for tests.

Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, Boss Mustapha, chairman of the PTF and secretary to the government of the federation, emphasised the need for Nigerians to embrace voluntary testing.

“So far, our national response has shown that Nigeria is following the science through effective case management, but we need to improve our testing. Our testing infrastructure has been increased to undertake up to 15,000 tests per day but we are currently testing between 3,000 to 6,000 daily due mainly to people still not subjecting themselves for testing. I, therefore, want to seize this opportunity to enjoin Nigerians to get tested,” he said.

“The PTF continues to analyse and rely on data to forestall any sign of upsurge and adapting best global practices to sustain successes. That Nigeria, along with South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Algeria, contributed to the recorded lowest weekly coronavirus confirmed cases is a testament of our successes.

“The challenge, therefore, remains for us to improve on the path of driving the pandemic out of Nigeria so that we can go back to our normal lives.”

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