A study by the universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge (United Kingdom) has been published in the prestigious journal Nature, revealing that drinking small amounts of hot chocolate will help you to sleep better at night. The reason for this is that cocoa – the basic ingredient of chocolate – contains magnesium, a fundamental nutrient for regulating our biological clock. This internal clock that we all have is responsible for our basic bodily functions: sleeping, waking and regulating body temperature. So the magnesium found in chocolate is valuable and it also helps to control energy expenditure. The presence of magnesium in the cells helps to optimize your metabolism and enhances its ability to convert nutrients into energy throughout the day. Therefore, a little chocolate can be the key to performing well the next day.
Take an ounce of chocolate before bedtime to aid better, uninterrupted sleep throughout the night. It interacts with the nervous system and stimulates the release of serotonin, a hormone produced by the brain to regulate some bodily functions, such as healthy sleep. And because it’s just a very small amount, it will not cause any digestive problems, even if you take it just before sleeping.