11 Ideal Bedtime Snacks For Athletes

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4. Foods To Promote Weight Control

Many athletes strive to improve their weight and body composition. In this case, it may seem counterintuitive to add food to your day, but the right bedtime snack can help you lose weight and improve your metabolic function.

Cortisol and ghrelin secretion rise when sleep quality is poor. Cortisol, a stress hormone, promotes the retention of abdominal adipose tissue. Ghrelin is a hormone that promotes overeating by signaling hunger.

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Your body is more sensitive to glucose and can use energy for performance rather than storage when you get enough deep sleep.

Before going to bed, eat a snack with a balance of fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, protein, and fats to increase satiety and prevent you from reaching for unhealthy snacks in the middle of the night.

Ideal Snack:

9. Apple slices with tahini
10. Oatmeal and Greek yogurt
11. Half a turkey and hummus sandwich on whole-grain bread

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