Do you ever go to bed feeling very sleepy but you still have a hard time getting the quality sleep you need? Well the journal Cell Reports has found that this may be due to your circadian clock being out of whack. Getting things back in sync could be as easy as picking the right bedtime snack. Researchers have found that eating the right carbohydrate-rich snack at night could help re-set you clock. Carbs increase insulin secretion which stimulates healthy circadian patterns. Listed below are three healthy options, but remember to stick to snack size portions!
- Almond Butter on Bread- a slice of whole-grain bread with a tablespoon of almond butter
- Cherries- these have approximately 24 grams of carbs per cup
- Whole-Grain Crackers- switch chips with a few 100% whole grain crackers
So next time you find yourself reaching for a midnight snack try one of our carb loaded suggestions above.