A new study has found that the key to a restful night’s sleep maybe…dark chocolate.
Rich in magnesium, an essential mineral that keeps body clocks running on time, dark chocolate can help you fall asleep at night.
Does eating dark chocolate help you sleep?
Tryptophan is a naturally occurring chemical that helps your body produce serotonin, which is a brain compound that helps to boost your mood and helps to regulate sleep. The darker the chocolate, the more caffeine and serotonin it may contain.
What happens if you eat dark chocolate before bed?
Theobromine, which increases heart rate and causes sleeplessness, is found in small amounts in chocolate, especially dark. White chocolate does not contain any theobromine, and little if any caffeine. THE BOTTOM LINE. Eating chocolate at night can potentially keep you awake.
Can hot chocolate help you sleep at night?
The reason warm milk is so good for falling asleep, is because it’s warm. We associate warmth at the end of the day with sleep. Traditionally hot chocolate is a bedtime drink too, but it doesn’t work as well as milk. Chocolate milk contains high levels of xanthines, the mother of stimulants like caffeine.
Is it okay to eat chocolate before sleeping?
Consuming too much of these stimulants before bed can make it hard to fall asleep and reduce sleep quality overall. However, the amount of theobromine and caffeine varies greatly depending on the type of chocolate you’re eating. A typical dark chocolate bar has the caffeine equivalent of about half a cup of coffee.