There a few things in this world that are better than chocolate. In fact, right now, we’re struggling to think of even one. Not only is the sweet treat delicious in all its different shapes, flavours and sizes, but it turns out that it can also work rather mysterious wonders for your health.
Insomnia is something many of us suffer with. In 2018, it was reported that 20 million Brits don’t get enough sleep, with those between the ages of 35 and 44 making up most of the numbers. But it turns out what you can could be the trick to solving this frustrating issue.
Speaking at the recent Stylist Restival event, nutritionist and personal trainer Keris Marsden discussed the relationship between the food we eat and the sleep we get, and went onto reveal the importance of chocolate and how our body benefits from it.
‘Chocolate is an essential resource for the body, wouldn’t you agree? In all my days, in everything I’ve learnt about nutrition this has been the same gold standard, there’s not been a day I don’t think in my life where I’ve not consumed chocolate,’ she said. ‘It increases serotonin – serotonin helps you fall asleep at night. So there you go.’
As Marsden explained, serotonin is crucial to our body for a number of reasons, one being that it helps us nod off. So if chocolate boosts our serotonin, then snaffling a few squares before bed could actually be a great solution to the occasional sleep problem. But of course, everything must be done in moderation if you want to reap the benefits.
If you need inspiration for your pre-bedtime snack, you’ll be pleased to hear that chocolatey Easter treats have already begun arriving in supermarkets, with new additions including Fry’s Turkish Delight Easter eggs and Terry’s Chocolate Orange mini eggs. What a time to be alive!