Ever wondered why some foods make you feel sleepy while others perk you up? As well as providing important nourishment, the things we eat and drink can help you to sleep better at night. Stick to these late-night snacks and a great night’s sleep will be yours:
1. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter contains a filling amino acid called Tryptophan which makes you feel sleepy.
Combine this with a carbohydrate such as wholemeal toast you have the perfect sleep inducing snack.
Banana contains large quantities of Magnesium which is renound for its sleep inducing properties.
They are also high in Potassium which relaxes your muscles, so you can feel ready to sleep.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which our bodies can’t produce on its own so we need to have a little bit each day.
Tryptophan is naturally occurring in dried prunes so is a great (and healthy!) choice for a before bed snack.
4. Dairy products
The old saying goes that warm milk can help with sleepiness but in actual fact any diary product can help.
Being calcium-deficient may make it difficult to fall asleep so keep your milk, cheese and yoghurts in plentiful supply for a good nights sleep.
5. Herbal Tea
Herbal tea is the perfect night cap containing loads of sleep inducing properties.
Chamomile and Ginger Tea are particularly useful in helping you get some much needed ZZZ’s at night.
6. Dark Chocolate
Great news for you chocolate lovers! Dark chocolate (in moderation) is rich in Magnesium – an essential mineral that helps to keep your internal clock running on time, say scientists.
It is also the only chocolate which contains Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps your brain and body to relax a night. Perfect for helping you sleep.
Oatmeal contains Melatonin, which regulates your sleep/wake cycle so you feel sleepy at night.
It’s also packed with loads of important nutrients, vitamins and fibre meaning it’s really good for you too.
As well as the food that you eat, have you ever considered that the bed that you sleep on can influence how well you get to sleep at night too? Intrigued? Find out more here.