Theobromine, which increases heart rate and causes sleeplessness, is found in small amounts in chocolate, especially dark.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends avoiding chocolate — as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks — before bedtime.
Is it bad to eat dark chocolate before bed?
Eat dark chocolate before bed say scientists. As if you needed yet another excuse to eat chocolate… 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.
Will dark chocolate help you sleep?
Don’t worry — you can eat chocolate day and night (whew!). Dark chocolate contains serotonin, which relaxes your body and mind. Not to mention the other health benefits dark chocolate has too. The magnesium and potassium in bananas serve as muscle and nerve relaxants.
What happens if you eat chocolate before bed?
If you’re eating chocolate cake or cookies, you’re probably swallowing loads of sugar. Even though chocolate doesn’t contain much of the stuff, even a little caffeine can disturb or halt the sleep-inducing chemical processes going on in your brain and body before bedtime, he says.
Does chocolate milk keep you awake at night?
A glass of warm milk will actually make you sleep better. 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. Of course I don’t have to tell you you shouldn’t go for a coffee before nap time.