At Mattress Warehouse, we love bedtime snacks as much as the next person. Going to bed on an empty stomach can mean a restless night, which can mean that you’ll be tired, cranky and irritable the next morning. That’s no fun for you or anyone you have to interact with–or who has to interact with you. We’ve put together a list of great bedtime snacks that will fill you up and help you get a good night’s sleep.
1. A Banana
A banana is a great and healthy option that may help you sleep. Carbohydrates are thought to raise levels of tryptophan in the blood, which increases serotonin levels in the body. That’s why we feel tired after a large, carbohydrate-heavy meal.
2. Hard Boiled Eggs
Protein-based foods, like eggs, have also been suggested to help induce sleep. There is some controversy surrounding that area because protein is harder to digest than carbohydrates, and some experts claim that may actually inhibit sleep. Hard boiled eggs may be a good choice, because they are protein-rich–which helps you feel full–but also lower in fat than eggs fried in butter. Avoid heavy, fatty meals before bed because those can disrupt sleep because they are much more difficult to digest than small, low-fat snacks.
3. Cottage Cheese or Low-Fat Yogurt with Fruit
If carbohydrate-rich snacks help induce sleep, and protein-rich snacks fill you up, then combining the two is a double-whammy of sleep-inducing greatness. Like we mentioned with bananas, fruit is full of carbohydrates to help you sleep. Cherries are thought to be especially good to help one sleep, because they are naturally high in melatonin, which is a sleep-inducing chemical.
If you’re hungry before you go to bed, it’s best to have a healthy snack so you can rest, and wake up refreshed and ready for the day.