Choosing the perfect bedtime snack can make or break your sleep. Despite the common belief that eating at night can lead to weight gain, enjoying bedtime snack can be beneficial to your snooze without impacting your waistline. If you’re looking to fall asleep faster with deeper shut-eye to look forward to every night, give these bedtime snack tips recommended by Lifehacker a try:
Go light on carbs: Opt for crackers or toast topped with a little bit of peanut butter, a small bowl of low sugar cereal with milk or a small serving of popcorn. Most research agrees that carbs are easier to digest than protein, and that a small amount of fat to go along with it decreases hunger and waking up during the night.
Become a cherry lover: All the good news you’ve been hearing about cherries easing insomnia are true! Cherries are one of the few foods that naturally contain melatonin, which our bodies also naturally produce to regulate our sleep-wake cycle and make us feel drowsy at the right time. To fall asleep even faster with fewer awakenings, put away your electronics about 90 minutes before bed, along with enjoying an 8 ounce glass of tart cherry juice about an hour before you tuck in.
Stick to protein: According to senior clinical dietician Stephanie Maxson, a little chicken or turkey as a bedtime snack could be just what you need for better sleep quality as these proteins are packed with tryptophan, which has a role in sleep quality. Additionally, she shared that protein is perfect for aiding muscle repair at night, especially for athletes or people who work out regularly.
Enjoy a little cheese: Have you heard that cheese could cause nightmares? Despite the myths, indulging in cheese at bedtime supports quality sleep along with unusual dreams that aren’t exactly nightmares. British brie brings more cryptic dreams to men and relaxing dreams to women, while cheddar cheese makes it more likely you’ll dream of a celebrity.
Sip warm herbal tea: If you aren’t hungry, herbal teas help you feel cozy and warm before bed to encourage drowsiness. Before medications for insomnia, this natural remedy was helpful for many with chamomile, lavender, passionflower and lemon balm being great options to wind down before you tuck in.
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