There’s nothing better in the evenings after a stressful day of writing than tucking into a delicious dessert. And dessert can mean anything from a slice of cake to a couple of cookies or maybe even a bit of chocolate ice cream. However, there is one minor downside to dessert.
Besides the high sugar content making our teeth more susceptible to cavities, there’s also the problem of the inevitable sugar rush. And that can interfere with our sleeping patterns.
But thankfully, someone has thought of that. Late-night dessert snackers can rejoice at the fact that there is now an ice cream called “Nightfood“, which claims to help lull you to sleep.
While it might sound like a gimmick at first, it’s supposed to actually work. It was first invented by Dr. Michael Breus, Dr. Lauren Broch, and Dr. Michael Grandner – a team of sleep and nutrition experts.
And here is exactly how it works. Nightfood was created when the doctors decided to innovate a sweet treat that had “[removed/minimized] stuff that’s in most other ice creams that be sleep disruptive” – meaning things like sugar or caffeine. And if you’re surprised to be reading caffeine, it’s because shockingly it can be found as an ingredient in most chocolate ice cream flavors.
According to the creators, Nightfood’s recipes were created strategically to be “less likely to cause sleep disruption via lactose digestion issues, acid reflux, [and] blood sugar spikes,” as well as to include “minerals and amino acids that research suggests can support sleep quality” such as magnesium citrate, calcium citrate, and zinc citrate.
But a scoop of Nightfood ice cream isn’t the same as taking a sleeping pill before bed. It doesn’t work that way, it only makes it easier to fall asleep because it’s not loaded with sugar or caffeine. So if you do require sleeping pills to sleep, this ice cream is not a replacement.
Fast Company founder, Sean Folkson, has said, “We looked at everything through the prism of sleep. It’s not about, like, dropping an Ambien or some sleep aid into the product; it’s about making ice cream in a way that’s less disruptive.”
If you are interested in actually trying Nightfood ice cream, then you’ll be pleased to know that it comes in 8 different flavors to choose from. And they all have nighttime-related names to them: 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.
For only $5.99 a pint you can purchase the ice cream online. But since it will be sent to you inside of a cooler with dry ice and special handling, shipping costs will be a little pricier than normal. But if you order 20 or more pints, the company will offer you a flat shipping fee of $9, which sounds like a better deal than up to $35 for smaller shipping quantities. So if you were looking for an excuse to try all 8 flavors in bulk, there you are.
What do you think about Nightfood ice cream? Does it sound appealing to you? Would you try it? Let us know.