We all crave a little bed time snack from time to time. Many people believe that eating right before bed is unhealthy and can even cause them to put on weight – which is why they choose to go to bed hungry. I’d like to note right now that these common beliefs aren’t always true. Let’s look into which foods are safe to eat before bed and why.
The main worry that many people have when they think about eating before sleep is that it’ll make them gain weight faster. This isn’t true – you are only going to put on weight if you consume more calories than needed. So, if you like to over eat, it doesn’t matter whether you do it in the morning or late at night, the outcome is going to be the same. If you’re feeling truly hungry right before bed, a small snack will not make you gain weight.
It’s advisable to avoid fatty foods right before bed. Your body continues operating while you sleep, and thus it needs energy to keep going. If you go to bed hungry, you are going to be waking up tired and exhausted, wondering what happened.
Some good foods to eat before bed are: cottage cheese, natural peanut butter, fish, low-fat cheese, vegetables and chicken. If you have problems with falling asleep, look into foods that promote serotonin production: cereal with low-fat milk, vanilla ice-cream, a glass of skimmed milk and low-fat yoghurt.
There are certain food and drinks that should never be consumed right before bedtime. These include any products with high caffeine content (such as coffee, chocolate, tea and soda drinks) as well as alcohol.
Another important thing to remember when choosing a night time snack is not to over eat. Overeating almost always causes indigestion and sleeplessness. Try not to drink too much water right before bed. A half cup of cold water is good, because it will help keep your body hydrated overnight.