Chocolate Before Bed
"Remember that chocolate is high in caffeine (which has been shown to decrease your ability to fall into a deep sleep) and has sugar, so this may not be the best bet before bed," Lauren Kelly, MS, RD, CDN of Kelly Wellness in New York City tells us. Even if you're eating the healthy dark variety, Kelly advises enjoying it as an early afternoon snack instead of a post-dinner dessert.
If so, that chocolate you had right before bed could be the culprit. How Food Affects Your Dreams (Slideshow) Chocolate contains compounds that are known to have psychoactive effects on the brain, causing enhanced dreams — good or bad.
That all depends on you. Chocolate milk does contain added sugar and chocolate does contain some caffeine (12 mg per oz). So if you are sensitive to caffeine or looking to avoid sugary foods before you sleep, you may want to avoid drinking chocolate milk.
Cocoa: Most people consider this the classic pre-bed drink. First consumed by the Mayans, cocoa was prepared as a delicious hot beverage made up of roasted cocoa beans, boiling water and a pinch of spice. Till today, it remains the most popular choice of hot drink before bed around the world.
Also there's a high likelihood chocolate will cause heartburn (that horrible burning in your throat). Best not to eat chocolate before bed.
All of this makes cacao a great before-bed snack. "I am a huge fan of cacao or dark chocolate before bed," Robinett says. Cacao has only minimal amounts of caffeine and considering its magnesium and alkaloid profile, it's something to try when you want to calm down, she says.