I’ve always seen snacks as vital before bedtime as I love to eat them while watching a movie, but I’ve recently found out how harmful they can be. If there is one person that has tried to eat everything they could find in the middle of the night, it’s me. I am a food lover and not long ago I thought that my snack choices could not affect my health at all. But some of them did, and I am glad I can share them with you. After putting the first five on my list, I realized that there are many more snacks to avoid before bed.
1. Ice cream
I used to eat a lot of vanilla ice cream before going to sleep as it seemed to be a replacement for chocolate- it was really sweet. After repeating this mistake for a few nights, I noticed that my sleep schedule was getting worse. The ice cream seemed to be an innocent craving but was in fact the reason I couldn’t get enough sleep as it contained too much sugar, spiking my insulin levels and making it hard for me to fall asleep.
Cereal is a great snack, but most of it, similar to the ice cream, has more than five grams of sugar per serving. This was a big issue as I would eat as much as two bowls of cereal to stop my cravings. As long as your cereal is not high in sugar, you should be fine.
3. Dried fruit
I’m sure this seems surprising as dried fruit is supposed to be one of the “healthy” snacks as alternatives to sweets. However, they can cause harm as they are high in fiber. This means that they can cause stomach cramps which aren’t very fun to have before bed. They are indeed delicious snacks to have during the day.
Not many people like cheese as a snack, but I am one of the few that absolutely adores it. I prefer cheese over any type of chips any day! One of my close friends noticed my little addiction a while ago and told me that the tyramine present in cheese dramatically increases alertness at night.
There are numerous benefits of mints, but not as snacks before bedtime. You might be tempted to eat one of these after brushing your teeth to feel refreshed, but they turn out to be heartburn triggers.
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