In our quest for attaining better, more restful sleep, there are a few standard rules that most of us know to live by. Stay hydrated throughout the day, get plenty of exercise, limit the amount of caffeine you consume each day…and also, don’t eat before you go to bed.
Some people may find this last rule relatively easy to follow, but for people who like to snack throughout the day (myself included), it comes across as a bit challenging. In particular, for those of us who love to eat a late night snack right before bedtime, this guideline poses a problem. This is why I was so glad to come across an article by Sleep that offers up some helpful suggestions on healthy snacks to eat before bedtime that can actually help improve the length and quality of rest!
It is important to point out that these snacks should not be consumed earlier than one hour before bedtime, since you still need to give your body time to digest. Read on to learn about the best snacks you should try out before bed.
You have probably heard of the classic scenario of drinking a mug of warm milk before bed, but before you roll your eyes at the idea, studies have shown that this is more than just an old wives’ tale. This is mostly due to the sleep-inducing tryptophan found in milk, in addition to its moderate amounts of calcium and magnesium as well. Drink a small portion to avoid going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
As for more substantial snacks, you may want to try half a banana and a small handful of almonds to go with it. These foods will provide you with healthy amounts of carbs, magnesium, and once again tryptophan as well. Add some fresh cherries into the mix for some melatonin as well, which will help regulate your sleeping patterns. An alternative mix of tryptophan and carbs can be found in whole grain crackers with peanut or almond butter spread.
Regardless of which snack you choose, be sure to keep it light so that your stomach doesn’t have to work too hard to digest the food. Personally, I find that drinking a cup of peppermint tea before bed is great for relaxing my stomach and mind, while also calming down any stress or nerves that may have carried over from the day’s events.
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