We all know how important it is to get that rest for our wellbeing and overall health but sometimes it’s not that easy to get a really good night’s sleep. If you struggle to drift off or have trouble with broken sleep, then opting for certain foods before bed can help you settle down for a restful night. Here’s what to put on your grocery list for bedtime bliss.
Sweet cherry dreams are made of these
Who’d have known that a glass of tart cherry juice could make you fall asleep faster? If you can get your hands on it then give it a try because it contains a high content of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.
Lean mean protein
Eating foods high in lean protein, such as cottage cheese, give you a boost of the amino acid tryptophan which can help to increase serotonin levels that we need to keep high within our bodies to help prevent insomnia. We take ours with raspberries to naturally sweeten it and get a melatonin berry boost at the same time.
Did you know sweet potato is a great source of magnesium, calcium and potassium, which in turn are excellent to help you relax before bed? Why not include it in your evening meal to make a smart dinner choice!
Walnuts and almonds, aside from being good for us thanks to being packed with heart-healthy fats, contain their own source of melatonin, the hormone that helps to set our sleep-wake cycles. Eating them can help to increase your blood levels of the hormone and in turn improve your chances of sleeping like a baby.
Of course, a cup of night time tea always does the trick for us. Our Sleeptox tea contains stress-busting chamomile and soothing lavender to help you relax, unwind and hydrate before bed, so you can drift into a deep sleep. Have you tried it and find it helps you sleep? We love to hear what you think!