Words by Hayley
We don’t know if you’ve noticed yet, but it seems everyone is fixated on sleep science. You’re probably bombarded with articles, Instagrams and tweets promising to help you biohack your sleep, ensuring you the best night’s rest you’ve ever had. So, not ones to be left behind, we thought we would tell you a little bit about the best bedtime snacks.
Even if you’ve had an incredibly healthy day filled with fresh produce and lean protein, occasionally a creeping hunger sneaks up on you around 9:00 P.M. It turns out that ignoring this hunger can cause low blood sugar levels, leaving you tired and groggy when you wake up, despite having laid your head on your pillow for a full seven or eight hours.
Indulging in a light, well-balanced snack before you hit the hay can do wonders for your sleep. You will sleep more deeply and restfully and wake up feeling energetic and ready to tackle all the day has in store for you. That being said, it’s important that you night-time nibble is actually healthy and properly balanced. Too much sugar can cause a spike in insulin levels and keep you tossing and turning all night. Instead, your snack should be small, ideally not much bigger than the size of your fist. Additionally, it should combine complex carbohydrates and lean protein to promote proper rest.
Stuck for what to snack on? Here are a few of our favourite pre-pillow pickings to make sure you never go to bed hungry again.
#1. Half of a small apple and an ounce of pecans
#2. A handful of carrot sticks with a tablespoon of hummus
#3. One tablespoon unsweetened cashew butter
#4. Half a cup of Greek yogurt sprinkled with coconut flakes
#5. A hard-boiled egg and a few slices of cheese
#6. A cup of spiced almond milk, gently warmed
#7. A few dates stuffed with almond butter