Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Eat this at Night for Better Sleep

Its 10 p.m., your watching your favorite TV show with your spouse, and enjoying some chocolaty goodness. Its been a long day and you can finally relax. The kids are tucked into bed, so there is no sharing with them! You can pull out your special stash and enjoy every bite in peace!

When you finally lay down in your soft cushioning bed, sleep eludes you. You become restless and toss and turn. Maybe, you do finally fall asleep, but after a short period of time later, your wide awake! You get up to use the restroom and maybe take a trip to the pantry or refrigerator. Perhaps, you go to the couch and pick up a book, hoping it helps you get sleepy. You may even turn on the TV, grab some more snacks, and flip through the channels until you can go crawl back in bed.
Believe it or not, what you eat at night can affect your sleep. When snacking at night,  high sugar/starch foods raise your insulin levels, which increases cortisol, resulting in a peak of energy.  This inhibits your body’s natural melatonin levels that make you sleepy, and creates a stress response in your body. Your cortisol and adrenaline levels rise which can cause you to wake up when your blood sugar does drop. Waking up disrupts your sleep cycle, and  inhibits your body from making enough Human Growth Hormone to repair your body from the wear and tear from the day.
If the munchies hit you after dinner, it best to look for others option to satisfy your appetite. Protein and non-starchy vegetable or low glycemic fruits are the best to chose from for a more restful night.

 Here are some great options for late night munchies:
Greek yogurt with slivered almonds
apple slices and PB
string cheese 
ham/cheese cubes 
As for your special treats, go ahead and enjoy them earlier if you can, or maybe not every night.
After all, there is no rest for the weary! The demands of the day can be harder to deal with if your
exhausted! Ask any tired mom and you will find out!
Do you get the urge to snack at night? What are some of your favorite go-to's.

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