However much I know it’s not good to eat before bed, sometimes my timing of things gets a bit off and suddenly it’s 11pm I’m just plain hungry. I don’t want to eat right before bed – it gives me too much energy, waking me up; and laying in bed with a full belly doesn’t feel so great either.
Why shouldn’t you eat before you go to sleep?
Sleep is a time of rest and recovery. Digestion is a daytime activity requiring a lot of energy of its own. Your body cannot do all these things at the same time. If you eat before sleep, your body has no choice but to deal with the food consumed, and this happens at a much slower pace during sleep. Your body can’t start its repair of the day’s wear and tear until it’s finished with this onslaught of food. By the time your body has completed this first task and is ready to move on to the regular recovery function of sleep, it’s usually too late – it’s about time to get up for the next day. You’ve now just lost a whole night of recovery, which mean one day worth of wear and tear unaided. If you do this too often, that’s a lot of everyday damage being allowed to add up.
If you find yourself munchy before bed, it’s best to drink some water or herbal tea – especially a relaxing herbal tea like lemon balm or chamomile to help you fall asleep – and see if this is enough. You don’t need to tide yourself over for long if you’re about to pop into bed. Ideally, you should stop eating at least two hours before going to sleep.
But if you’re really just hungry and can’t fall asleep for the distraction of all the rumblies in your tumblie, then this warm bedtime smoothie is a great solution: it has enough real-food sustenance with hearty cashews and hemp seeds in it, without being too much heavy food to have to process.
Other options: a piece of fruit is an even better choice, as it can be quickly and easily digested. Now don’t go and eat a whole pineapple, or even a whole banana if you can help it. Try a pear or even just half an apple with some cinnamon sprinkled on top.
But this post is about my awesome drink recipe, so BACK TO THE DRINK:
This drink also contains relaxing herbs to help you drift off into dreamland, as well as other herbs to help keep your blood sugar levels even, to assist the digestive process, and to even help with the repair process. Best of all, it’s thick and warm and frothy, like a hug for your insides, and is a beautiful, cozy way to end the day.
Just make sure you don’t chug the whole batch – you don’t want to wreck what could have been a good night’s sleep by getting up to pee all night! This recipe will fill 4 goodly-sized mugs with a beautiful, rich, pale-gold coloured beverage. If you and your friends come back wired and hungry from a night out on the town, you can all share a batch of this velvety, warm brew!
Warm Bedtime Gold
1 pot “bedtime tea” (a full standard tea pot is usually about 4 or 5 cups –I prefer about 4 cups to keep the drink a bit thick and creamy)
¼ cup raw cashews
2 tbsp hemp hearts
2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp ginger powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tbsp Irish moss gel
2 tbsp slippery elm powder
2 tbsp honey
- In blender add all ingredients except the hot tea. Add about 2 cups of the bedtime tea last.
- Blend until smooth and frothy.
- Pour approximately half and half remaining tea and blended beverage into mugs – the mixing is done this way to avoid adding too much hot liquid to your blender and causing the top to pop off (now that’s a hot mess).
- Sprinkle cinnamon on that delicious foam on top and enjoy right away!
This one’s a beaut. Not only is this recipe great for sleep, it’s great for a sore throat, a cold, any sort of digestive upset, and for reducing inflammation. And did I mention that it tastes GREAT?! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. 🙂
Sleep satisfied, friends!