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How many times have your child poked you awake in the middle of the night and announced that he is hungry? As a parent, I often just sigh, get up and give them some crisps and a glass of milk. Cloudb, a blog focusing on sleeping tips, suggests that we should make a bedtime snack part of a child’s routine.
Now, please, don’t just give in to the temptation of grabbing something quick and stuffing your child with high calorie snacks. You will have them bouncing off the walls and you may end up clawing at those same walls in frustration!
You need calming foods such as bananas, milk. Bananas, for instance, are packed with vitamin B6 and magnesium. B6 is a vitamin that aids the body in producing serotonin, a relaxing neurotransmitter, that aids in sleep. Magnesium, also found abundantly in almond butter, prevents insomnia.
In addition to the snacks mentioned in the image above, you can consider tart cherry juice, which is a source of melatonin, the sleep regulating hormone. A cup of popcorn, dusted with cinnamon and paprika, is also ideal. The carbs in popcorn aids the release of insulin, which has been proved to influence your circadian clock and helps to boost your metabolism. For more of these snack ideas, click here.
Of course these snacks can also be helpful for grown-ups. If you are like me, you will feel a bit peckish before you hit the sack. I tend to grab the easiest bite in the grocery cupboard, cookies! Oops! You’ll fare better when choosing wisely from the selection I’ve suggested above. Perhaps, tonight, I’ll give that cherry juice a go!
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CLOUDB. 2013. 10 Quick and healthy bedtime snacks. [Web:] bit.ly/1BuvIaH MIGALA, Jessica. 2014. 10 Perfect bedtime snacks. [Web:] Prevention: bit.ly/2HUjh0Z