You eat chocolate at night
Africa Studio/Shutterstock I love a square or two of dark chocolate as a treat. But I avoid eating chocolate before bed, and I suggest my patients do the same. Chocolate has several health benefits but it’s not a sleep-promoter. Chocolate is an often-overlooked source of caffeine. The greater the cocoa content, the higher the caffeine level in chocolate. If you’re making the healthier choice by opting for dark chocolate, and having it as a before-bed snack, you’re getting an extra, unwelcome jolt of caffeine when you least need it. Plan to get your chocolate fix earlier in the day, and try more sleep-friendly nighttime snacks like banana, or toast, with nut butter, or a small bowl of whole-grain, low-sugar cereal. Don’t miss these secrets to better sleep that doctors want you to know.
Sugary snacks before bed are your thing
GCapture/Shutterstock It’s not only chocolate that can be problematic for sleep—other sugary foods can disrupt sleep, too. Most people love a sweet treat at the end of the day but feeding those cravings for sweet foods before bed elevates blood sugar. A jump in blood sugar—and the crash that follows—can have negative effects on sleep. Here are 16 foods that can improve your sleep.