Eating something before bedtime can cause problems at night because late-night meals can make your stomach aggravate. If this is true for most foods, heavy, spicy and fatty foods, apple may be the best choice before bedtime. It has high content of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, polyphenols and almost no fat at all.
Vitamins and minerals
Apples are rich in vitamin C, B6 and potassium, which can alert sleepers. Vitamin C also helps to lower blood pressure, improve breathing and lower blood sugar levels, helping to relax. Potassium serves as an electrolyte that sends signals to the brain to maintain a regular rhythm of the heartbeat. Vitamin B6 can reduce stress and help boost serotonin, the neuron that alerts sleepers. Likewise, B6 also helps burn fat at night.
Polyphenols are antioxidants found mainly in the skin of apples. Thus, apple juice or apples without skin may not have the same polyphenol content as whole-skin apples.
Fibers and water
Approximately 86 percent of the edible portion of an average apple of 182 g is water. A medium apple contains about 15 percent of the fibers, which keep it in a saturated state while sleeping. But fibers also help control the water in the gut by preventing toilets at night and aid digestion.
Calories, carbohydrates and fat
Apples contain almost no fat at all and have very few calories. A medium apple adds just 95 calories. Apples contain almost 10 percent of the carbohydrate it receives each day and this content comes mainly from simple sugars and fibers.