If you think that eating at bedtime is a big “no-no,” think again! There are plenty of healthy bedtime snacks that you can eat to help keep you in shape and promote a better night’s sleep.
So what should you be eating before bed? It is vital that you choose tasty bedtime snacks that will keep your body satisfied until morning but won’t negatively impact your health. It is also important to note the word “snack” – avoid eating a heavy meal right before bed. Keep it light!
Healthy bedtime snacks include those that contain complex-carbohydrates and quality proteins. Ideally you want to look for foods that contain tryptophan, a sleep-inducing amino acid. You can find tryptophan in dairy products such as milk and cheese, proteins like turkey and chicken, whole grains like wheat and oats, and fruit and vegetables like bananas and sweet potatoes. Foods that contain casein protein are great because casein is slowly absorbed by the body, warding off hunger for longer. You can find casein in milk and cottage cheese.
Worst Bedtime Snacks
Coffee – This delicious beverage contains caffeine…what more do we need to say? Avoid drinking this within a few hours of bedtime!
Alcohol – As your body metabolizes your glass of vintage Chardonnay it can cause you to wake up during the course of the night. Not only that, but your alcohol induced snoring can be a nightmare for your partner.
Chocolate – Every square of chocolate that you sneakily munch on before bed contains caffeine and theobromine (a stimulant), two things you do not want whizzing around your blood stream as you try to fall asleep.
Best Bedtime Snacks
Cereal – Eating a good quality, low-sugar, cereal will help you experience great slumber! The complex carbs in cereal help increase the level of tryptophan in your body, and if you add some milk, you increase the sleep-inducing power of that bowl!
Bananas – These fruity favs contain magnesium and potassium which not only help with your all-round health, but also help the body to relax. Bananas also contain great sleep-inducing carbs!
Sweet Potatoes – Yes, eating these at bedtime may sound strange, but they contain complex carbs and potassium, both of which help you to sleep better!
Milk – milk contains our good old friend tryptophan. Get milk!
Cottage Cheese & Fruit – Good protein + good carbs = a great night’s sleep!
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before bed – eat light bedtime snacks!
- Snack on a mixture of carbs and protein – low-sugar cereal and milk is a Slumber Cloud fav!
- Avoid caffeine in the evening.
Get a great night’s sleep – eat a healthy bedtime snack and jump into bed with our temperature regulating mattress pads, cooling pillows, sheet sets…and more!