It may be second nature to reach for a sweet boost when tired in the evening but this could lead to a disturbed night.
Having too much sugar at night can be detrimental to our sleep. When you eat sugar, your blood sugar levels rise and your pancreas releases insulin, which helps the sugar to be taken back into the cells, giving them fuel to run on. Eating sugar late at night overstimulates you. It gives you energy and makes you ready for activity, but that is not what we’re trying to do at night. We’re designed to shut down towards the end of the day.
Also, if chocolate is your go to this contains caffeine and as I've mentioned a LOT this is particularly detrimental for your sleep!
So what can you do? Well, don't eat anything sugary or chocolatey 2 hours before bed. If you do have the urge, simply don't eat too much and keep it to a minimum (easier said than done!).
Try it and see how you get on!