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Is late-night snacking causing your insomnia?

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

Actress Blake Lively, mother of three kids under the age of 5, says she'll sleep when she's dead! While we sympathize with the grueling routine that motherhood demands, we hope she's finding a way to get more rest! Her health, longevity and happiness depend on it.

We have a theory about what -- besides her active trio -- may be contributing to her sleeplessness. Seems she's a big fan of having a sweet treat before bedtime.

A new study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that eating carbs before bedtime contributes to insomnia. The researchers found that the worst culprits are refined carbs with a high glycemic index. That includes ice creams, sodas, cookies, chips and candies. They make your blood sugar spike, causing insulin to be secreted. Then your blood sugar drops quickly, stimulating the release of energizing hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Zap, you're awake!

Since 30% of Americans contend with insomnia and the U.S. is a snacking nation -- 62% of you snack throughout the day and almost 50% have four or more snacks daily -- we're betting late-night noshing is keeping a lot of you awake.

If you gotta have a bite of something before bed, try a slice of an apple or a pear (not a whole one) with a teaspoon of peanut butter on it. The touch of complex carbs with protein should keep the snack from keeping you up. You and Lively will feel a lot more lively in the morning if you lay off the bedtime sweets.



Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit

(c)2020 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2020 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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