Food for Sleep (and for Thought)
Conventional wisdom has warned against eating too much chocolate before bed because it contains caffeine.
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.
Is it OK to eat chocolate before bed?
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. White chocolate does not contain any theobromine, and little if any caffeine.
Will chocolate help me sleep?
When eaten regularly, they can help regulate your sleep cycle. Don’t worry — you can eat chocolate day and night (whew!). Dark chocolate contains serotonin, which relaxes your body and mind.
Is chocolate good at night?
Not only does chocolate have calories and sugar, but it also has caffeine, which may contribute to restless sleep. Chocolate isn’t a filling snack either, so if you’re craving it, you may not necessarily be hungry. Rather, your sweet tooth may be getting to best of you. Try hot tea or a glass of low-fat chocolate milk.
Will chocolate keep me awake?
The darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains. But again, if you’re not overly sensitive to caffeine, you would need to consume a lot of dark chocolate for it to affect your sleep. Chocolate does contain caffeine, so yes, it can keep you awake.