Eating chocolate could help improve your sleep, according to a nutritionist

health 22/01/2020

The start of a new year usually sees a few people adopt a new diet and attempt to give their lifestyle a bit of a healthier makeover.

Diets and healthy lifestyle changes often see foods like chips, chocolates, fizzy drinks and bread being cutdown on or fully cut out.

But it turns out that you may not have to get rid of all of those things to keep up your healthy life.

Nutrionist and personal trainer Keris Marsden chatted to Mirror UK has revealed that chocolate isn't nessecarily all that bad for you and can have some major health benefits.

According to Marsden, eating chocolate can give you a better nights sleep.

She explained how the hormone serotonin is essential for the production of melatonin in the body. 

Melatonin, in case you didn't know, is the hormone that regulates our sleep cycle.

She went on to say how eating certain foods can increase the levels of serotonin and thus boost the production of melatonin in the body - and one such food is chocolate.

She said: "Chocolate is an essential resource for the body, wouldn't you agree?

"In all my days, in everything I've learnt about nutrition this has been the same gold standard, there's not been a day I don't think in my life where I've not consumed chocolate."

Marsden added: "It increases serotonin - serotonin helps you fall asleep at night. So there you go."