Yogurt and chocolate help with problems falling asleep
Most people have trouble falling asleep every now and then. Whether reading, relaxation exercises, counting sheep or a warm milk with honey before going to bed - there is plenty of well-known advice on how to stay awake for hours.
Yogurt and chocolate work like milk with honey But now the Landesverband der Bayerischen Milchwirtschaft (LVBM) has a new tip: According to this, a cup of lean yogurt and then a piece of chocolate would have a calming effect and thus help with sleep problems. Because this combination has the same effect as a cup of warm milk with honey. According to the State Association of the Bavarian Dairy Industry, however, this method can only be effective if people actually go to bed no later than 15 minutes after eating - because "otherwise the effects will fizzle out again," says the LVBM.
Soothing effects of milk ingredients The explanation for the calming effects of yogurt and chocolate can be found in milk, according to LVBM: Because this contains the protein component tryptophan, which is the basic material for the production of the hormone serotonin. And "the higher the serotonin level, the calmer and more relaxed you feel and falls asleep easier," the state association continues. However, the body cannot produce this protein component itself, which is why the LVBM is necessary after protein: "After eating protein-rich meals, the protein component flows into the blood and is transported to the brain, where it is converted into serotonin."
However, there are other protein building blocks in milk, which are not calming, on the contrary, rather stimulating. However, chocolate or honey would counteract these, because both contain sugar and this "ensures that most protein building blocks, with the exception of tryptophan, are stored in the muscles", according to the LVBM. (sb)
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