Do Peanuts Keep You Awake?

Do Peanuts Keep You Awake?

Do peanuts keep you awake at night? If you’ve ever wondered if these delicious treats are the cause of your sleeplessness then you should know that they can be.

Can peanuts keep you awake? Answer: Yes, if you eat too many of them, close to your bedtime. Eating a maximum of 50 g with at least 1 hour before bedtime is fine.

Protein is difficult to digest and since peanuts contain a lot of protein (25.8 g per 100 grams) it makes sense that they can keep our stomachs working overtime and keep us awake. That said, peanuts and sleep can go hand in hand when you don’t overdo it. So, do peanuts help you sleep? In small amounts, they can because peanuts contain both tryptophan and melatonin – both of these aid our sleep – so they can help us fall asleep faster and sleep better. Like we said above, eating a maximum of 50 g with at least 1 hour before bedtime should be ok but you do need to test this and see how it goes for you.

Nutrition Facts: Peanuts, All types, Raw — 100 grams

Calories 567
Water 7 %
Protein 25.8 g
Carbs 16.1 g
Sugar 4.7 g
Fiber 8.5 g
Fat 49.2 g
Saturated 6.28 g
Monounsaturated 24.43 g
Polyunsaturated 15.56 g
Omega-3 0 g
Omega-6 15.56 g
Trans fat ~

Does peanut butter keep you awake at night?

If eaten in moderation, peanut butter is actually perfect to help us fall asleep and it won’t interfere with our rest. Moderation means one piece of whole grain that is smeared with some peanut butter. More than this and you risk having a harder time falling asleep. Eating natural peanut butter is better than eating peanuts since peanuts are harder to digest in their raw form. Please be aware that there is a huge difference between store bought peanut butter and natural, homemade one. The latter should be a lot healthier and easier on our stomach.

Healthy peanut butter recipe

Roast some peanuts and put them into a blender for 5-10 minutes and that’s it. It will be much tastier than store bought and a LOT healthier.

So, do peanuts keep you awake or is it good to eat peanuts at night? In small amounts, peanuts are fine, but once you overdo it (and it’s not hard to jump the wagon on them since they’re so yummy) you’ll have trouble sleeping.

Benefits of eating peanuts at night

It’s recommended to eat peanut butter as it boosts the metabolism, which means you will burn more calories during sleep. Don’t eat too much! Just add some on a piece of bread (preferably a whole-wheat slice) and you’re done.

Eating peanuts daily (in moderate amounts) will help with your heart health and will improve overall health as they contain vitamins, minerals and plenty of protein.


Is it ok to eat peanuts before bed?

Yes, if you don’t overdo it. Don’t eat more than 50 g with at least 1 hour before bedtime.

Are peanuts fattening at night?

In large quantities, yes. And they can be fattening at any time of day, not just at night, IF you eat too many. Make sure you don’t eat more than 30 nuts (or 50 g) daily and you will be fine.

What are the side effects of peanuts?

No real side effects except if you have a peanut allergy.

What can you eat if you are allergic to peanuts?

Cereals and granola, chili, soups, trail mix, high-energy bars, grain bread.

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