Who knew? It turns out that what you eat actually affects how well you sleep.
According to the American Sleep Association, 30 percent of Americans suffer from sleep insomnia. While there can be many different psychological causes, such as stress, depression and anxiety; diet plays a role too. Here’s what to eat (and avoid) for better sleep:
Melatonin is the hormone that regulates sleep. Prunes contain magnesium, vitamin-B6, and calcium – all of which help to generate melatonin.
Add them to homemade baked goods or blend them into smoothies.
Also rich in melatonin, these are great for relaxing your body to help you fall asleep.
Bake it into bread or make it into homemade muesli.
Melatonin isn’t the only hormone necessary for regulating sleep, tryptophan helps too. Thankfully, nuts and seeds do too!
Eat a handful of nuts as a post-dinner treat.
Your body is slow at digesting and absorbing this, so it’s best to eat these early in the day (if at all).
Grill foods instead.
When it’s time for bed you want your body to relax. Candy does the opposite – it’s a stimulant, full of sugar, keeping you awake when all you want is sleepy.
Opt for a water-heavy fruit, like watermelon. It will satisfy a sweet craving without spiking your blood sugar levels.
Salty = dehydration. Dehydration = waking up in the middle of the night thirsty. If you’re going to eat salty food, do your best to do so a good few hours before work so you have time to rehydrate.
Try low-sodium sauces or better yet, make your own!
Go for caffeine-free beverages. Think teas like camomile, lavender, ashwagandha and valerian.
A big cup before bed is the perfect way to combat sleeplessness.
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