Homemade Bread Day: positive effects carbohydrates have on our sleep

Today is one of those national days that we don’t really know a great deal about, but with the popularity of baking homemade bread on the rise (see what we did there?), there will definitely be some people celebrating today with a fresh loaf.

We regularly read that certain foods can be disruptive to our sleep if consumed before bedtime, and it’d be hard to find a list that doesn’t contain carbohydrates as one of those unsettling foods, but how much of a negative effect do they really have? Can the carbs found in foodstuffs such as bread and pastries actually have a positive impact on the way we sleep?  

Well, we decided to do the research and find some friendly info surrounding the effects that carbohydrates have on our rest so that you can enjoy your homemade granary or wholemeal loaf with a little less guilt today.

It is pretty well known that carbohydrates have sleep-inducing properties, which means that if you tend to suffer with late nights and a lack of beauty sleep then an evening meal like a hearty soup with warm, homemade bread could be just what you need to promote a good night’s sleep.

Meals rich in carbohydrates cause a spike in serotonin that makes us feel tired and therefore, we are more likely to get a better night’s sleep if we’ve had a carb-fuelled dinner. However, it might be wise to avoid eating too much bread or pasta right before bedtime so that we don’t go to bed feeling too full or wake up feeling groggy and even more tired than we did before bed – it’s advised that we leave at least a few hours between eating our evening meal and going to sleep.

Loaves of bread such as wholegrain and granary are a great source of complex carbohydrates, which can be an ideal aid to getting some shut-eye, but why choose wholegrain and whole wheat loaves over white bread? Well, the real difference is that wholegrain bread is richer in nutrients and is less likely to cause such a high spike in our blood sugar levels, which can then lead to a drop in sugar levels shortly after, leading us to feel groggy and unable to sleep later on.

If you are used to eating something after your main evening meal, you may wish to consider swapping your usual treat for a lighter snack, such as a slice of wholemeal toast with a small helping of peanut butter. Both the toast and peanut butter can really improve the quality of your sleep – not only that but making sure you don’t go to bed hungry will mean that you are less likely to wake up during the night.

Carbohydrates will only disrupt your sleep if you let them, so making sensible decisions when it comes to eating and your sleep is key when it comes to enjoying your favourite bread!  

Are you planning a bedtime snack tonight? Or will you be enjoying some homemade bread with your evening meal? Let us know in the comments.

Sleep well!

Kelly Clisby

Kelly Clisby

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