There is a way you can give in to those nighttime cravings and still get restful sleep. Try some sleepy time chocolate or deserts that will completely hit the spot and give you a good night’s sleep. The best way to do create these relaxing treats is by combining the relaxing effects of melatonin along with antioxidant-rich dark chocolate creates just the right amount of calming benefits before bedtime. Melt a piece of sleepytime chocolate in your mouth when you are ready to wind down and experience an overall sense of relaxation within 20 minutes.
Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland. That’s a pea-sized gland found just above the middle of your brain. It helps your body know when it’s time to sleep and wake up. Normally, your body makes more melatonin at night. Levels usually start to go up in the evening once the sunsets. They drop in the morning when the sun goes up. The amount of light you get each day — plus your own body clock — sets how much your body makes.
Chocolate Bites Ingredients
When choosing chocolate to pair along with your melatonin, look for an unsweetened variety that contains at least 70% raw cacao. Sugar can make relaxing hard and counteract the effect of melatonin. Instead, stir in a little bit of raw honey or stevia to taste before pouring into candy molds.
Start by melting chocolate in a double boiler until smooth. Then, turn off the heat and stir in the melatonin. The amount will depend on the type of melatonin you are using and your desired dosage. I added 6 teaspoons of liquid melatonin into the melted chocolate (or 24 one-dose amounts) and divided it into ½-ounce candy molds. This amount yields .75 milligrams of melatonin per chocolate and is considered a low dose.
Add any natural sweetener if desired and stir. Spoon the mixture into candy molds and set in a cool place to firm up. Then, enjoy before bed for a sleepytime treat!
Other Sleepy Time Treats
DIY Sleep Cookie Recipes: Peanut Butter Snooze Chunks
- 2 small very ripe bananas
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter crunchy or creamy
- 1/4 Cup Choc Chips
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F or 175°C Mash the bananas in a bowl. Add the oats and peanut butter. Add the chocolate chips or cinnamon. Mix together well. Roll, then flatten 10-12 cookies and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350°F or 175°C for about 12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown, as shown. Share a cookie just before bedtime, a cup of warm milk could easily add to this sleepy cocktail. The cookies will keep for a few days in a sealed container. Enjoy them warm from a toaster oven or at room temperature!