Lack of sleep can lead to stress, weight gain, depression and more – so actively working to find ways to fall asleep at night can have a huge impact on your overall wellbeing.
The food you eat can make a difference too, and we’re not just talking about laying off the coffee! Natural foods that contain magnesium, protein, carbohydrates, dairy and tryptophan will help make falling asleep a breeze.
Below are our top eight natural foods to aid sleep:
Fish: Containing vitamin B6, fish helps to produce melatonin which helps you sleep. Go for cod or salmon in particular, though most fish will help you sleep at night.
Almonds: Because of their high magnesium levels, almonds promote sleep and muscle relaxation. Plus, the protein in almonds stabilises blood sugar levels, so you’ll probably fall asleep more easily AND sleep more soundly.
Jasmine rice: Switch out white rice with jasmine rice at dinner for a sleep boost! With a high glycemic index, jasmine rice helps trigger insulin so the ratio of tryptophan to amino acid in the blood is higher (tryptophan helps us sleep).
Hard boiled eggs: Packed with protein, hard boiled eggs will stabilise your blood sugar to give you a full night’s sleep without interruption. At the beginning of the week, hard boil five eggs and refrigerate them – so you can have a bedtime snack ready for every night of the working week.
Bananas: Full of magnesium and potassium, bananas help relax your muscles and trigger melatonin production so you’ll fall asleep quickly. Bonus point for bananas: because they relax muscles, they’ll also help with cramps.
Cherries: Though it’s better to drink cherry juice, eating a cup of cherries before bed also helps to put you to sleep because of the naturally high melatonin in the fruit.
Spinach: High in magnesium, potassium and calcium – which all promote healthy sleep – spinach is THE leafy green vegetable to work into your diet for better sleep patterns. If you don’t like spinach, try another leafy green vegetable like kale.
Oatmeal: Being warm and mainly consisting of carbohydrates, oatmeal is the perfect bedtime snack to put you to sleep.
If you’re doing all the right things and still having a hard time falling asleep – the answer might lie right underneath you. Find out more about getting your perfect bed for your perfect sleep.