If you like ice cream but hate how it keeps you from sleeping well, then your life is about to be rocked.
A new ice cream that’s actually sleep-friendly is here. It’s called Nightfood, and it’s formulated to make it easier to fall asleep after having a scoop.
Sleep and nutrition experts Dr. Michael Breus, Dr. Lauren Broch and Dr. Michael Grandner created the treat in 2018 and introduced it to the sleep deprived world in 2019. It’s so good, it won consumer research firm Kantar’s 2019 Product of the Year award. Eight flavors are available and include Full Moon Vanilla, Midnight Chocolate, After Dinner Mint Chip, Cold Brew Decaf, Cookies n’ Dreams, Milk and Cookie Dough, Cherry Eclipse, and Bed and Breakfast.
But don’t mistake this frozen goodness for a sleep-aid. Founder Sean Folkson told Fast Company in December Nightfood isn’t “about, like, dropping an Ambien or some sleep aid into the product.” He was going for “making ice cream in a way that’s less disruptive” for sleep.
Between all the sugar in ice cream and the caffeine in some flavors, having a bowl of ice cream before going to bed is not ideal. If you one of many Americans that consistently have problems falling asleep, you should look for snacks that have natural sleep-inducing properties. A small amount of almonds, walnuts and other foods high in protein are good choices.
But, those snacks aren’t ice cream.
According to the Nightfood website, their ice cream is “less likely to cause sleep disruption via lactose digestion issues, acid reflux, [and] blood sugar spikes” because certain ingredients like sugar and caffeine have been removed or minimized. They also add “certain minerals and amino acids that research suggests can support sleep quality.”
The “Nightfood mineral blend” contains magnesium citrate, calcium citrate, and zinc citrate which are known to promote sleep.
Sounds great, right? You can order all the flavors of Nightfood at their website. It’s best to buy in bulk to make the flat shipping rate work. Then you can fill your freezer with sleep friendly ice cream.