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The Corporate Wellness Bible by Kate Cook

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30. Sleepy snacks

It’s nearly time to hit the hay and you’re not tired yet. Why not have a bedtime bite to kickstart those snooze hormones? Many foods contain natural sedatives that stimulate the brain to produce calming chemicals which make you feel drowsy. Eat the wrong thing, though, and you could find yourself more awake than you were before.

A bedtime snack can not only help you drop off, it can stop you waking up in the middle of the night with a rumbling tummy. If you fall asleep easily but awaken several hours later, it may be due to low blood sugar – and a light bite before bed could nip that in the bud. You need to eat a high carbohydrate snack which has some fat just before you go to sleep. A banana works well as it digests slowly ...

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