Foods to help us get a good night’s sleep

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The food we eat can have a significant impact on the quality of our sleep.

Coffee keeps us awake, chamomile can help us relax, while artificial sweeteners can have a similar affect as caffeine.

But even if you’ve had a hot cup of cocoa, spent 10 minutes meditating, and hit the hay a little earlier than normal in order to guarantee yourself some beauty sleep, there are foods we can eat that can that can also have a positive impact on the quality of our zzz’s. And in a world where our minds are more stimulated than ever, and many people suffer with insomnia, the more help we have, the better.

Almonds

Almonds are high in potassium and B vitamins, which help our nervous systems to relax. Spread some almond butter on toast with banana slices (another sleep all-star) and it will help your body relax before sleep.

Bananas

Bananas, like almonds, are packed with B complex vitamins and potassium, making them a great sleeping ingredient.

Brown rice

Brown rice contains GABA, which is a natural Ambien – which calms the nervous system and works like a natural tranquilliser.

Cherries

Cherries allow the body to release melatonin, which promotes a cycle of falling asleep and waking up naturally. For example, the fruit will help you recalibrate the body when you’re dealing with a bout of jet lag.

Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs can have a calming effect on the body. For example, sage and basil contain chemicals that reduce tension and promote sleep. However, avoid herbs such as red or black pepper at night, as they have a stimulatory effect.

Lean Proteins

Lean proteins include low-fat cheese, chicken, turkey and fish. These foods are high in the amino acid tryptophan, which tends to increase serotonin levels. Avoid high-fat cheeses, chicken wings or deep-fried fish however. These take longer to digest and can keep you awake.