Ever wondered if there was a specific snack or ice cream that could help you sleep better? If there is any, would you opt for that rather than consuming sleeping pills? As you read further, you would find out all the answers to the questions above.
Insomnia is one of the most common problems that people face especially in adulthood. In fact, pinterest has declared sleep as one of the top health trends of the year 2019. It is not surprising that a lot of people are sleep-deprived. with all the work, school, family, and social obligations that we have to engage ourselves in day in and day out, the most precious gift we can give to ourselves which is rest and sleep is usually sacrificed just so we can get more work done.
Asides all the activities we have to get involved in daily, another common habit that has been discovered to lead to sleep deprivation is late night snacking.
If you’re one of those people who like to grab a handful of chips or just sit in your sofa and cuddle up with a bowl of ice cream, you might be interested to know that the ingredients in some of this your favourite late night snacks and the food you consume before bedtime might be messing with your natural sleep cycle. Late night snacking with the wrong kind of foods may increase your:
- Insulin level which would make your blood sugar increased dramatically and affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep
- Cortisol levels which is the stress hormone that is capable of making it difficult or almost impossible to relax and fall asleep
- Reflux symptoms heart burns and indigestion which will also interfere with sleep.
One company has discovered this problem and is hoping to solve it by combining ice cream which happens to be one of people’s favourite night time snack, with some ingredients that may help to promote healthy sleep and reduce the ones that can lead to a disrupted sleep cycle.
In the month of february 2019, functional food startup known as night food is set to release night food ice cream and night food ice cream is designed to give consumers a better night time snack to satisfy their late night cravings. So if you can comfortably sit down and finish an entire bowl of ice cream at night this might just be your new companion.
1 pint of night food ice cream has a calorie content that ranges from 280 to 400. That stands out as a significant reduction in the amount of calories compared to a pint of cold stone or any other brand of ice cream. also fewer calories means less sugar which is great not to mention that this nice food ice-cream is rich in more protein than other brands.
So now we know that less sugar and more protein may help to improve your sleep compared to consuming higher fat and plenty of sugar. however that cannot be all there is to this ice cream, what are the other ingredients that makes it sleep friendly?
What exactly makes Nightfood Ice cream sleep-friendly?
Dr. Eddie Fatakhov says that several ingredients used in the product have a synergistic effect on sleep. The ingredients you want to look at include magnesium, glycine, reduced sugar, digestive enzymes, protein, and fiber.
first of all, glycine is a vital amino acid that your body produces naturally and also serves as an important new transmitter. according to Dr. Eddy, several studies have shown how glycine helps to improve insomnia and general sleep deprivation. He added that glycine helps the body to produce more thorough training which is another hormone and neurotransmitter that can positively affect sleep.
Magnesium is known to help the human body maintain appropriate levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid. GABA is also a neurotransmitter that helps width promoting sleep. Magnesium may also help to reduce anxiety symptoms which can help you relax enough to fall asleep it can also regulate your body’s melatonin as well as stabilize blood sugar.
Another ingredients on the list are digestive enzymes which as you already know helps with digestion. If you’re wondering how the justice enzymes will help you sleep better it may prevent you from dealing with reflux or indigestion before you go to sleep compared to when you eat the regular ice cream.
The addition of fibre and protein can help with the feeling of fullness which will reduce the pains of hunger that can make it difficult for you to fall asleep and finally the promise of reduced sugar compared to other ice creams will prevent insulin spikes which will decrease cortisol.
What other foods can help you fall asleep?
We understand that not everyone is a fan of eating icecream at odd hours but if you would like to feed on something when you can’t find sleep we would recommend that you opt for fruits and foods like:
- Jujube: this is a healthy fruits that contains flavonoids that may help tackle reduce insomnia
- Hummus: this is made from chickpeas and it packs a punch of vitamin b which will support the production of melatonin.
- Decaf green tea: this tea contains l-theanine which may also improve your quality of sleep.
This innovation is not only a tasty one it is also one that we look forward to because it will give us the satisfaction we derive from eating at odd hours and help us fall back asleep at the same time.
What do you think about this ice cream should people go for it or do you think there are healthier options share your thoughts with us via the comment section below.