If you struggle with insomnia, you’re not alone. The American Sleep Association estimates that roughly 30% of the general population suffers from insomnia. In a world of sleepless nights and early mornings, these cherry white chocolate cookies are the sleep remedy you never knew you needed.
A sleepless night, also known as a white night, leaves you feeling fatigued and cranky. When you don’t get enough sleep, or your sleep is of low quality, your body will feel a variety of deficits.
In the short term, lack of sleep can make you irritable, forgetful, and constantly hungry. Long term, you might experience weight gain and decreased sex drive. Sleep deprivation can even make your skin age faster.
What do you do when you need a boost? Sugary snacks and coffee? This temporary fix is a one-way ticket to another sleepless night. At the end of the day, you might reach for some dark chocolate and wine, but your nightcap might be making things worse.
Never fear, your white “knight” is here to save your sleep! These delectable desserts are packed with insomnia-fighting ingredients to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up rejuvenated in the morning.
But first, why do we need these cookies? Let’s talk Insomnia.
Simply put, insomnia is the inability to sleep. Just imagine: you cozy up in bed after a long day of work. You are exhausted. But for some reason, you just can’t seem to drift off. You turn over trying to find the right position, but time crawls by and daylight rolls in. You haven’t slept a wink. Now you have to face the day running on fumes.
If you’ve experienced insomnia before, just the thought of insomnia can stress you out enough to keep you awake. Why is insomnia so formidable? Insomnia creeps in at the first opportunity. Had too much coffee today? Work out too close to bedtime? Suffer from acid reflux? There are countless causes for insomnia that range from diet to hormone imbalance to stress and anxiety.
Insomnia ranges from acute to chronic, meaning you can suffer from sleep deprivation for one night, or for even months at a time. If you are struggling with insomnia, there are a variety of lifestyle changes you can make to improve your sleep health.
One of the most prominent determinants of your sleep health is your diet. Filling your body with sugar, caffeine, or spicy/heavy foods before bed can severely disrupt your sleep. Nourishing your body with a healthy combination of carbs and proteins can help your body produce all the right hormones to drift off to sleep naturally.
Carbs and protein are the BFFs of a good night’s sleep. Not just any carbs and protein though, your body needs the right combination of complex carbohydrates and amino acids to promote a healthy sleep cycle. The MVP of this recipe is the amino acid tryptophan.
When tryptophan enters the bloodstream, your body turns it into a B vitamin called Niacin. Niacin is used in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that aids in melatonin regulation, your sleep hormone. The bottom line: tryptophan before bedtime means better sleep.
Here’s the catch — tryptophan has a really hard time breaking through the Blood-Brain-Barrier (BBB). Why? Proteins contain a wide variety of amino acids that typically show up in much greater quantities than tryptophan. AKA, tryptophan is constantly sitting in rush hour traffic. But what if a giant claw came down and lifted all the other cars out of its way? Tryptophan’s commute would suddenly be a LOT easier. That’s what carbs do.
Carbohydrates knock out the competition, allowing tryptophan to cross the BBB. So in order to attain a good night’s sleep, you should consume carbs and protein together. White Night Cookies contain a balance of healthy carbs, tryptophan filled proteins, and naturally melatonin-rich ingredients. Oh, and did we mention they are delicious?
These cookies are soft, chewy, and delicious, but they are also nutrient-dense. Take a look at all the ingredients that are working hard to help you relax.
Let’s get down to business.
Prep time: 10 min + Cook time: 20 min = Total time: 30 min
*Contains Nuts and Dairy
Enjoy these cookies in a dimly lit room with a book and a warm cup of milk or calming chamomile tea about an hour before bedtime. Happy sleeping!
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