There are a number of things to consider when you plan on snacking within an hour or so of your bedtime. Recent research associates late-night calorie intake with the potential for significant weight gain. A study indicated that eating before bedtime has the potential of making your snooze time more inconsistent and restless, which sets you up for a tired and jaded next day. Late night noshing is also associated with stress eating, which promotes overindulgence in high-fat calories.
In contrast, trying to sleep when your stomach is growling is not a smart idea either. Your sleep quality will deteriorate, and you will feel famished and jaded when the sun rises, which can lead to overeating that can mess up your healthy-eating endeavors. Fortunately, we have the solution: Consume one of these low-calories, sleep-inducing delights that will not leave you overstuffed and bloated in the a.m. Here are the best snacks that help you sleep like a baby without having to worry about a bloated stomach in the morning.
We know it is processed, but note: 1 serving of string cheese is rich in filling fat and protein, so you will definitely feel satiated and it only contains around 80 calories. Cheese also contains the amino acid tryptophan which helps you sleep.
A Bowl of Cereal
Get rid of the Count Chocula, as it has too much sugar that can leave you too agitated to sleep. We are recommending the whole-grain, complex carb type cereals, which are easily digestible and contain only 200 calories or lower per bowl. Pour some extra milk for more protein and tryptophan.
Non Fat Greek Yogurt
For around 100 to 125 calories, Greek yogurt gives you the relaxing and soothing effect of tryptophan from the dairy, along with satisfying protein. Moreover, yogurt can also assist in calming your stomach, so you are less likely to get up in the morning with indigestion or heartburn and instead can get a good night’s sleep.
White-meat turkey is rich in sleep-inducing tryptophan (wonder why you feel so sleepy after those huge holiday dinners?) as well as high quality, low-fat protein. A few slices will not contain more than 100 calories.
Non-Fat Chocolate Pudding
You will fall in love with this chocolate pudding and crave more every time you have it. A cup of non-fat chocolate pudding goes down easily, but lacks the fat that can linger in your stomach like a rock. One pack of this amazing pudding contains only 90 calories.
Baby carrots are extremely nutritious and have lots of crunch. These orange guys will fill your empty belly long enough so you can drift into a peaceful sleep.
Bananas are not only stuffed with relaxing tryptophan and satiating fiber (each banana has about 100 calories), they are also your perfect bedtime food if you have cleaned up your kitchen. You will not have to worry about any dishes or utensils to wash!