We’ve all been guilty of late night snacking. Whether it’s a pre-bed ritual, you had an early meal, or you just can’t sleep, a midnight snack can easily hurt your sleep if you eat the wrong things. There are plenty of foods that you can indulge in before bed, that can help you maximize your deep sleep, and leave you feeling awake and energized the next morning. So if you’re going to have a late night snack, reach for a few of these winners.
- Foods that are rich in Melatonin are the key to a restful night’s sleep. Try a bowl of oatmeal with sliced banana to help you calm down your nerves before bed.
- Serotonin is a chemical that helps us relax, this can be encouraged by consuming carbs. The best late night snack to help you relax is a big bag of non fat popcorn.
- Individuals with a sufficient supply of amino acids in their blood are clinically proven to be less anxious. For these reasons, try some yogurt, rich in lysine, with some mixed nuts, rich in arginine
- Tryptophan is well known for causing sleepiness (think the post-Thanksgiving day food coma), and sesame seeds are rich in this. Have a handful before bed and you’ll be lulled to sleep.
- Pretzels are not only a good source of carbs, but also low in fat and calories, which means it’s a guilt free way to help you quench your late night cravings, and help you get to sleep.
- For those looking for a drink, and not so much a snack, try a class of cherry juice. Again, rich in serotonin, you’ll feel relaxed, as long as it is sugar free and unsweetened.
- Cortisol is a chemical our body releases when we are stressed. This is practically stopped by the consumption of Vitamin C, found in abundance in red bell peppers. This veggie is by far the most rich in this vitamin, compared to all other fruits and vegetables. Besides a better nights sleep, and relief from chaotic thoughts, you’re also helping to protect your heart’s health.
Late night snacking doesn’t have to be something we regret the next morning. Actually, it can be something we thank for a restful night’s sleep. If you choose your midnight snack wisely, you’re not risking your diet, health or weight, and instead getting the benefits of energized sleep.