There is no shame in admitting we all sneak over to the kitchen for a late night snack. Having had your dinner at 6-ish or earlier would have you go into late night cravings around midnight since it takes 6-8 hours for food to digest. That is why it is often encouraged to start getting ready for bed somewhere around 9 to 11 in the evening so you wouldn’t catch yourself hovering over the fridge.
BUT, if you just could not bring yourself to get some shut-eye and the stomach is calling out to you louder than your bed, here are some foods and drinks that you should and should NOT have.
1. Foods High in Melatonin
Melatonin basically helps your natural body clock especially with your sleep cycles. When you have high melatonin, you have higher chances of getting sleepy. Melatonin is naturally produced by the body but if you need some help on getting your snooze on, go for fruits like cherries, pineapples, or barley.
2. Complex Carbohydrates
Carbs in general can cause drowsiness. Complex carbs release tryptophan, an amino acid that triggers sleepiness. Go for the complex carbs instead of the simple carbs. Simple carbs contain more