Mon Mar 22 18:57:50 2010
A lot of people treat hot chocolate as a relaxing bed time drink. However, not many are aware that hot chocolate can be rather stimulative and may prolong your departure to sleep.
I remember in the past, sometimes I wanted a hot drink late at night, but didn't want to drink tea or especially coffee due to caffeine content. The choice would fall onto hot chocolate, and I never suspected that this drink was the reason I had trouble falling asleep on those nights.
Hot chocolate is a drink made with chocolate, which is produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. This of course also means that if you have a sweet tooth and fancy an evening bite of the brown gold, you're likely to have just as much trouble sleeping.
Why exactly chocolate negatively affects our sleep? The answer is simple: chocolate is a mild stimulant. Many might be surprised to hear that chocolate actually contains small amounts of caffeine. However, the main "offender" of our precious sleep contained in chocolate is theobromine, which is also, at least in part, is responsible for bitter taste of dark chocolate. Cocoa powder - which is mixed with milk to cook hot chocolate drink - may contain from 2% to at least 10% of theobromine in it.
Even though, theobromine and caffeine are similar in that they are related alkaloids, theobromine is weaker. However, theobromine stimulates the heart to a greater degree. Theobromine can cause sleeplessness, tremors, restlessness, anxiety, as well as contribute to increased production of urine. Additional side effects include loss of appetite, nausea, and even vomiting.
Now, I doubt your tasty hot chocolate drink makes you vomit very often, but it has affected the amount of time it takes for you to fall asleep. In my book, I mention that some parents "bribe" their children with a glass of carbonated drink for them to go to bed. Most carbonated drinks contain caffeine, and therefore negatively affect your child's ability to sleep. Hot chocolate can be added to this category as well - it's not a drink to give your children late at night.
As an alternative to hot chocolate, you might wish to drink warm milk with honey. Such a drink will not stimulate you, but quite the opposite, will calm you down, making your departure to bed much easier and peaceful.
Tue Jul 30 14:11:59 2013
So it happens that chocolate contains a little caffeine.
I am very sensitive about caffeine (cannot drink any or I'll have trouble sleeping)
I drank a cup of hot cocoa and it makes me stay awake all night! geez.. never again
Tue May 28 06:48:41 2013
Nadir, I'm not using any blog hosts or software. I coded it myself.
I did use wordpress on another site, and I liked it. (wordpress.com)
Mon May 27 23:50:53 2013
Don't let these trolls discourage you. If you are unsure of something, you can always check for sources. Me I know what's written to be true cause I can't sleep properly after drinking hot chocolate. I've quit caffeine altogether. They make me angry, anxious and upset. Once again very useful post and keep it up. May I ask what blog host you're using? Thanks
Wed Apr 24 07:07:59 2013
Degwin Zabi, I'm not asking for anything nor claim to be an authority.
I've read an interesting piece of info; I wrote about it. Most likely I've read it in "Sleep Thieves: an eye-opening exploration into the science and mysteries of sleep" by Stanley Coren, but it's not important for me to find where I got the information and reference it here.
If you claim Wikipediathat provides numerous references for its informationis not a suitable source of information, then why are you even reading this page in the first place? Surely it has less authority than Wikipedia.
It's not a research paper, as you seem to be confused; and I'm not a "researcher" as you claim. This is simply a conversation on the Internet. It's up to you to follow it, join it, or ignore it. To try and see if the advice is true for you, to contribute a differing point of view, or, if it's important enough for you, to do hard reasearch and find everything you can on the subject.
It's fine to disagree, but do we really have to do it as savages, huddled around a dwindling fire in a cave?
So far I mentioned two sources corroborating what I've saidmuch more than what you'd expect to have in a simple conversationyet you and the previous attacker provided nothing but feeble attempts to belittle me.
If you have nothing useful to contribute to a conversation, perhaps you should not join it at all?
Wed Apr 24 00:32:24 2013
"I'm really uneasy with your instructions to provide "scientific data". It's a blog post on the Internet, not a proposal for a billion dollar science experiment."
So that makes it OK? By stating what you consider to be factual evidence of your views based on personal reserach (Your postulation is that contrary to popular belief and a lot of independent reports: "Hot chocolate does not cause one to fall asleep. It actually causes the opposite"), you are still asking for people to take you seriously as an authority on the subject.
Wikipedia is not a source to be taken seriously by any researcher. Neither is personal or aquaintal anecdotal experience.
So since it's in your own words, "Just a blog on the internet", there's no reason to take you seriously. I'm done and I'm moving on.
Mon Feb 18 21:08:19 2013
Cocoa contains some theobromine, which is a stimulant.
Would that affect your bipolar disorder? I don't know.
Perhaps, it's best to ask a doctor or a dietitian.
Mon Feb 18 20:44:34 2013
A question rather than a comment. I have bipolar disorder and am very cautious of all stimulants. I was told if the chocolate I eat is 98 to 100 percent cocoa it is not a stimulant because it contains no sugar. I am Now confused :/ May, you give your suggestions on my question. And please contact me with your suggestions via email.Thank you. Sincerely, Minerva Galvez
Fri Jan 11 19:58:16 2013
hot chocolate helps me unwind at bt
Sun Aug 19 15:55:36 2012
thank you very much for the information on this page! now i know the reason i have been lacking sleep!
Thu Mar 15 09:55:50 2012
hi, today i had lots of dark chocolate (70g) for lunch. tell you what i've never felt so sleepy @ work. and am blaming it on the chocolate, i think chocolate makes 1 sleepy
Mon Jun 6 17:43:41 2011
This blog post is highly untrue. In my personal experience and the experience of many of my friends, hot chocolate with milk promotes good sleep.
Sun Apr 17 00:13:04 2011
You're the greaetst! JMHO
Mon Sep 13 07:09:20 2010
I'm really uneasy with your instructions to provide "scientific data". It's a blog post on the Internet, not a proposal for a billion dollar science experiment.
As far as sources go, Stanley Coren, author of "Sleep Thieves", my personal experience, experiences of several of my friends, as well as Wikipedia (at this time, at least) seem to confirm theory stated in this article.
You could try practicing what you preach and provide your resources - I will gladly include contradicting facts, if I feel they are substantial.
Mon Sep 13 04:45:46 2010
This information is far from fact and is unture. Provide scientific data! I have researched this topic extensively and have not come across any strong substantiation. Narrating a personal experience cannot count for general science. Being a nutritionist myself I can confidently state that cocoa containing milk drinks promote sound sleep and improve sleep quality than disrupt sleep.