So last week, we’ve mentioned that chocolate is a great treat for those who need a good pick me up after a late night. Experts say that they can help boost your brain power, so even if you’re sleepy, dark chocolate can still help you focus on the task at hand.
But did you know that cocoa can also be a good bedtime drink? There may be some conflicting reports on it, but ccording to some experts, hot chocolate can be a good choice for a night cap. How? Here are a few promising explanations:
The whole act of consuming a warm drink before bed can be relaxing.
Sipping a warm drink slowly with your body in a relaxed position can be more relaxing than having to down a steaming cup with an actual meal. This also works with a warm glass of milk, though.
Drinking cocoa is a different take at having milk at bedtime.
Everyone knows that drinking milk at bedtime helps the body induce sleepiness which allows you to get better zzz’s in return. Its melatonin and tryptophan content help in triggering sleepiness, so it’s highly recommended for lots of folks. Prepping your hot chocolate drink in warm milk is a great alternative to just having some milk.
Hot cocoa can be good for folks at risk of diabetes.
One study has shown that hot chocolate can fend off diabetes. Testing show that mice on a high fat diet had less inflammation when given cocoa powder. The flavanols in this food item widens blood vessels so blood flow is not hindered, resulting to less inflammations. As insulin resistance is a common result of inflammations, better blood flow can easily prevent such.
Drinking the Right Hot Cocoa
It should be noted, however, that not all hot chocolate drinks are ideal for a good night’s sleep. Skip those with sweeteners and high sugar content as they will be unhealthy and won’t do much for your zzz’s.
Make sure to avoid those processed with alkali as well. These will have less flavanols which are the most important ingredients of chocolate, so you don’t want to skimp on that.
Unfortunately, chocolate also has caffeine in it, which is not exactly a good thing for your sleep. However, with ample research, you can find varieties with lower caffeine-content, so you can go for those.
A good sleep hygiene is still your best bet for better zzz’s.
Having a better sleep hygiene is still the best technique for a foolproof way in improving your sleep quality. So, make sure to work on that as well.