Don’t Eat: Chocolate
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.
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.
Why should you not eat chocolate before bed?
Caffeine, Theobromine, and Sleep
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.
Can chocolate make you sleepy?
Even though dark chocolate has caffeine in it, it also contains serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can help you relax. Interestingly, milk chocolate doesn’t contain serotonin and can actually make you feel more awake.
Does eating chocolate before bed make you fat?
Eating before bed doesn’t necessarily make you gain weight, but filling up on these calorie-dense foods before bed certainly can, and you should really avoid them. If you have a sweet tooth, try some berries or a few squares of dark chocolate (unless the caffeine bothers you).