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Seven Super Foods That Help You Sleep Better

June 26, 2015


Seven Super Foods That Help You Sleep Better

Struggling to fall asleep at night? Try changing your diet a little before you go to sleep and you could be falling asleep quicker and having deeper, better sleep than ever!

 

Almonds:

Almonds

You wouldn’t think it but these delicious snacks are a secret sleep miracle. These nibbles are packed with magnesium, which, according to some doctors, helps with relaxing your muscles while providing plenty of protein to help maintain your blood sugar level while sleeping. If you love nuts, you should also try walnuts before bed as they help your body produce tryptophan which is a sleep inducing hormone.

 

Fish:

Fish

Fish is a great source of vitamins and omega acids. Add to this the richness of vitamin B6 and you your body will increase its production of melatonin which is a hormone that has been shown to help you drift off to sleep. Try and eat tuna or salmon and make sure that they come from healthy sustainable sources!

 

Chickpeas:

Chickpeas

Whether it is in the form of hummus or plain chickpeas, these delicious foods are a not only packed with healthy vitamin B6 and minerals and a great alternative to other boring grains, but also help your body to produce tryptophan.

 

Rice:

Rice

With its high glycemic index, white rice is a great way to get to sleep quicker. While scientists aren’t quite sure why people fall asleep quicker after eating rice (Some suggest that it helps with the release of insulin which in turn releases tryptophan which helps you sleep), it somehow works! For best results try jasmine rice!

 

A Good Cup of Tea:

Tea

Nothing beats a good cup of tea before bed to help you relax and calm down before bed, just ensure that it is decaf. For best results try chamomile, decaf green or passionfruit tea. Try to avoid sugar otherwise the extra energy could keep you up longer. If you want something sweet, try a little honey instead.

 

Leafy Vegetables and Salads:

Salad

A nice lettuce salad for dinner might not sound enticing in the middle of winter, but lettuce contains lactucarium which has been shown to help you fall asleep quicker. Other leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach are great ways to get the tryptophan flowing.

 

Cherries and Cherry Juice:

Cherries

Whether it is plain cherries or a glass of cherry juice, these yummy treats help to naturally boost melatonin and have been shown to help with insomnia. If you opt for a glass of cherry juice, make sure that it low in sugar!


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