Late-night snacking and your sleep

Late-night snacking and your sleep

Is your midnight snack disrupting your sleep habits? You may not know it, but eating at night, even if it’s just a late dinner, can cause you to experience a blood sugar crash while you sleep. It can also lead to poor digestion, bloating, weight gain, inadequate sleep and even memory problems

So how late is too late? Generally, you should have you last meal of the day at or shortly after nightfall. If hunger pangs hit before bedtime, stay away from caffeinated drinks like soda and tea and high-protein and/or fatty foods like burgers and tacos.

Instead, reach for these snack options that can prepare your body for sleep.

Whole grains

If you have to, reach for low-calorie whole grain snacks like whole wheat toast, high-fiber cereal and popcorn. Whole grain carbohydrates can help release serotonin in the brain, making you feel calm and sleepy.

Tryptophan-rich foods

Ever heard of drinking a warm glass of milk to fall asleep? That’s because milk contains tryptophan. Found in dairy products, nuts, honey, seeds and more, tryptophan is known for its ability to help people fall asleep naturally.

Habits to avoid

If a beer or a glass of wine helps you wind down before bed, that’s fine. However, more than one drink can disrupt your sleep, so drink in moderation. Smoking can also hurt your sleep patterns, so quit the habit to get higher quality sleep and to improve your overall health.

If you’re having trouble sleeping or want to know the exactly how much sleep you should be getting, set up an appointment with a Goshen Physicians primary care provider.

Posted: 7/13/2017 by Goshen Health
Filed under: Healthy Eating, sleep, total wellness

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