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What To Grab When You Have The Bedtime Munchies

What should you eat when you have the bedtime munchies? It's late at night and you're ready to hit the rack, but you're still a little hungry. You open the fridge and you mutter to yourself: "There's nothing good to eat in here." So, you grab a bag of delicious salty potato chips or pretzels, and you take care of your bedtime munchies. If that's the case, then get ready for a restless night in bed, tossing and turning, getting more and more frustrated as you watch the clock tick towards the time that your alarm is set to go off. There are foods and beverages you should really avoid when you have the bedtime munchies. I found an article written by Erica Sweeney on which lists some of those items you want to stay away from. Of course, drinking caffeinated beverages within 2-3 hours before bed is a big no-no. But, did you know that sipping on a glass of wine before bed is also something to avoid? Sure, you may fall asleep quickly, but once the effects of the alcohol wear off, you will end up with an interrupted sleep pattern. Who knew?!? Oh man, how about a nice cup or bowl of your favorite ice cream before bed? Even if you don't have a problem digesting dairy, those types of creamy desserts contain lots of saturated fat, which experts believe causes "lighter and less restorative sleep." Avoid dairy late at night if you can. In fact, you will want to avoid all sugary and salty snacks late at night. Sure, they cure those bedtime munchies, but they are high in processed sugar and complex carbohydrates which will cause a spike in your blood sugar and make it very difficult to get a good night's sleep. Finally, you will want to avoid eating spicy foods before bedtime. As you may have noticed if you've eaten spicy foods within 3-4 hours of your bedtime, they can cause indigestion and acid reflux. That makes for a really rough night. Even if the spicy foods don't upset your digestive process, researchers believe that the main ingredient in spicy foods - Capsaicin - raises your body temperature. Higher body temperature leads to a restless night in bed. So what should you snack on when you have the bedtime munchies? Scroll down and see what the experts in Sweeney's article recommend. Let’s be friends! 👍 Follow us on all social media platforms: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

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