Myth Busters: Will Halloween Candy Affect Your Sleep
With Halloween just around the corner, grocery stores are brimming with treats and sweets galore. While you and your family may be getting in the spooky spirit and preparing for trick-or-treaters (or just getting treats for yourselves?), it's important to know how all the sugar might impact your sleep tonight. So we've organized a few sleep tips to help make your Halloween even sweeter!
Watch out for chocolate
If you or your kids gravitate toward chocolate, keep in mind that these tasty treats also contain caffeine, which can keep you up at night.
Caffeine is a stimulant, and while many people enjoy it in their coffee to wake up in the mornings, they don't realize that their favorite sweet treats can have the same effect. It enters the bloodstream through the stomach and can work in as little as 15 minutes. It takes about 6 hours for just half of the dosage to leave the body. In other words, having a soda at 7 p.m. with dinner will only be half gone by 1 a.m. Also, the older you get, the longer it takes to leave the body.
Candy raises your blood sugar
Consuming sugar before bed can wreak havoc on your blood sugar and create a roller-coaster effect as your blood sugar quickly increases and decreases as your hormones fight to bring the levels back to normal.
This combination of hormones and high sugar levels will affect your normal sleep schedule and will likely keep you up throughout the night. Moreover, it can even affect your mood, energy levels and hunger cues — causing you to eat even more than you originally intended.
Should you and your children avoid Halloween candy all together?
It's important to be educated about the effects that Halloween candy can have on your body and your sleep; however, we are by no means advocating for a candy-less holiday!
Instead, limit yourself and your children to 1-3 bite-sized candy bars after the trick-or-treating is over. This way, you can still enjoy the sweet treats, without worrying about sleep schedules! It's also advised that you give your children a small, healthy snack before they indulge in candy.