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Sleep Better With These 7 Delicious Foods:

Aug 11, 2020 | Health & Wellbeing

According to the NHS, most adults need between six and nine hours of sleep per night. However, certain things can prevent you from being able to get a good nights rest. Aches and pains, anxiety and even the foods you consume before bed can effect your sleep.

The great news is, there are a number of things you can do to help get a good nights sleep, including making changes to your diet.

Here are 7 delicious foods that research suggests could potentially help you to sleep better at night!

1. Kiwi Fruit:

Kiwi fruits can help you sleep better

Tucking into one or two kiwis before bed could help you to fall asleep and stay asleep longer! This low-calorie and nutritious (yet totally delicious) fruit is packed with nutrients. They contain a huge amount of Vitamin C which is thought to have sleep-promoting effects on the human body. As well as this, they contain serotonin, which helps to regulate the body’s sleep cycle.

2. Almonds:

Almonds are low in saturated fats and high in good fats, and also contain a high dose of melatonin. A handful of almonds as an evening snack can help to regulate your sleeping and waking cycle.

3. Cherries:

Cherries can help you sleep better

Cherries are also a great source of melatonin, a chemical that helps to control your body clock. It is extremely uncommon for natural foods to contain melatonin, so next time you’re feeling peckish in the evening, trade your usual go-to snack for a handful of tasty cherries!

4. Bananas:

Bananas can help you sleep better

Bananas are a fantastic source of magnesium which helps to calm stress hormones and deactivate adrenaline in the body, They also provide potassium which helps the muscles in your body to relax. As if that wasn’t enough, the fact that they are a fast-digesting carbohydrate means that they won’t sit heavily on your stomach when you’re lying in bed either!

5. Sweet Potato:

Sweet potato can help you sleep better

Sweet potatoes are so versatile – roast them, bake them, pair them with pretty much anything and you’ll have a delicious, healthy meal. Not only do they taste great, but they are also packed with complex carbohydrates that help you sleep better, as well as potassium which helps to relax your muscles. 

6. Fatty/Oily Fish:

Fatty fish could help to improve sleep as it is packed with vitamin D and omega-3, both of which help to regulate serotonin in the body. This hormone helps to regulate your sleeping cycle.

Fun fact! The omega 3 in fatty fish is also said to be able to help to improve heart rate regulation too!

7. Cereal:

Cereal can help you sleep better

According to the National Sleep Foundation, having your breakfast for dinner and snacking on a bowl of cereal before bed could lead to a better night’s sleep. The milk provides calcium and tryptophan which help the body to produce serotonin. On top of this, the cereal is carby, helping the body to absorb the tryptophan faster, allowing you to drift off to sleep quicker.

 

To reap the benefits of a better nights sleep, be sure to add these foods to your next shopping list. Sweet dreams! 

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