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Food for Sleep

 

We all know that what we eat can affect our health, our mood and our energy levels. But is there a certain food for sleep which can help us to get a little more vital shut eye?

Here are a few points to remember in terms of food for sleep;

 

-Choose foods high in tryptophan; Foods such as dairy products, poultry, peanuts, red meat, fish, chickpeas, banana and pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds are rich sources of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid which is essential in order for our bodies to make serotonin and melatonin, which makes us more relaxed and sleepy. Eating carbohydrates with your tryptophan containing food help to increase tryptophan’s effect. Dairy products especially aid sleep as calcium boosts the effect of tryptophan too.

 

– Fish- Such as halibut, tuna and salmon contain good levels of Vitamin b6 which is also needed to make melatonin

 

– Magnesium is sometimes called ‘natures tranquilliser’; it helps our bodies to deal with stress more effectively. Magnesium is involved in helping relaxation in the body and could help you to get more sleep. Good sources include beans, nuts and fish.

 

– A small study suggested that eating two kiwi fruits before bed improved sleep.

 

– Leafy Greens – No, calcium isn’t just in dairy foods. Kale and broccoli and two (surprisingly) calcium rich foods which you should include in your diet. Calcium deficiency could contribute to insomnia so munch down on those greens.

 

Do you know of any food for sleep which work? Have you tried any of these tips? Perhaps there are certain foods you know to keep you awake? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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By Chloe Brotheridge

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