If you love dishing up a bowl full of ice cream before bed, then you might want to check out this new ice cream sleep aid that promises to turn your sweet treat into even sweeter dreams.

Despite the claim that Nightfood Ice Cream will help you sleep, it is in fact not designed to knock you out. The ice cream contains no drugs or supplements of any kind. Instead the way the ice cream works is by enabling healthier digestion, which in turn leads to a better night’s sleep, according to Nightfood founder and CEO Sean Folkson.

photo: Nightfood

As Folkson explained to USA TODAY, the sugar, fat and calories found in traditional ice cream recipes can trigger micro-awakenings which lead to fragmented sleep. “The insidious part is most people won’t even realize it,” Folkson said. “It’s not conscious tossing and turning. It’s just their sleep quality is poor, and they’re not making the connection… (Nightfood) lowers the glycemic index so there’s no insulin roller coaster.”

Developed in partnership with sleep experts, the ice cream is made with low caffeine cocoa powder and is loaded with protein as well as nutrients like calcium and magnesium. It comes in eight dreamy flavors including Full Moon Vanilla, Midnight Chocolate, After Dinner Mint Chip, Cold Brew Decaf, Cookies ‘n Dreams, Milk & Cookie Dough, Cherry Eclipse and Bed and Breakfast.

Nightfood is slowly rolling out to stores across the country, but it if you can’t find it at your local grocer yet, it’s also available online at $5.99 a pint.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Evan Kirby via Unsplash



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