Rejoice, For Eating Chocolate Before Bed Will Help You Sleep
Sweet tooths and cheesaholics it's time to celebrate.
Some days life can just be good. Today is one of those days because eating chocolate and cheese before bedtime can help you get a good night's sleep, a leading UK nutritionist has claimed.
A study done by Brit bedding company Time 4 Sleep saw dietitians and lecturers at Kings College London pair up to identify the best foods to eat before bed in order to promote sleep.
And the results were simply delicious.
Sophie Medlin from King’s College London -- the expert who conducted the study -- said that chocolate is a high source of the amino acid tryptophan, which encourages the body to produce melatonin, an important hormone which controls our sleep patterns.
Sophie says: "Tryptophan is the biggest influence on melatonin levels, an important hormone which controls our sleep patterns. Melatonin is produced in the brain and the amount of it we produce, and how efficiently our brain uses it, is affected by our diet.
"Chocolate is a particularly good source of tryptophan, so a hot chocolate or a little bit of chocolate before bed is actually really good for sleep, so long as you don’t over-indulge.”
Cheese can also help boost melatonin levels, because it is rich in calcium, said Sophie.
Other nutrients that help aid sleep include; B vitamins, calcium and magnesium, also due to their role in the release of melatonin -- so think about adding meat, fish, dark leafy veg, soy beans and pulses to your evening meals.
For those who are struggling with restless nights, Sophie also had more food-related tips:
Timing is key
Try to finish eating larger meals at least an hour before bed to let your stomach empty.
Look out for hidden caffeine
Most people know to avoid coffee at night due to the caffeine, but you might not be aware of caffeine being hidden in other substances such as green tea and fizzy drinks, so it’s a good idea to stay away from these too.
Don’t go hungry
“Being hungry affects sleep as our bodies try and keep us awake to find food. For that reason, if you find yourself hungry before bed, a glass of semi-skimmed or skimmed milk; a small banana or a few nuts around an hour before sleep can be really helpful to improve your sleep."
And the chocolate, of course.
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