Sleep is almost a cure all. It can help by increasing your resistance to viruses, reducing pain, improving your memory, and helping you lose weight. Sleep is better than any drug or vitamin you can take. But how does what you eat effect your quality of slumber? Eat the right foods for a better rest. 1. Fish - Boosts Vitamin B6 which is needed to make melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone.
2. Yogurt - Ever heard of drinking a glass of milk before bed? Well, research shows a calcium deficit may link to difficulty falling asleep. Time your Greek Yogurt fix a half hour before bed.
3. Kale - Not just dairy products are responsible for calcium, leafy greens can supply that as well. Kale is one of the top leafy greens supplying calcium.
4. Bananas - Potassium and B6 rich also promoting melatonin production. Try whipping up some frozen bananas and 2 tablespoons of real peanut butter for an after dinner treat that promotes sleep.
5. Chickpeas - Another B6-er. Carrots and hummus as a late snack, or throw some chickpeas in a salad if you’re having a late dinner.
6. Cherries - Also promotes melatonin release in a study conducted in a small group of adults with chronic insomnia. They drank 2 glasses per day and saw a significant relief in their insomnia.
7. Whole Grain Toast - It takes a good carb to spike blood sugar levels and trigger insulin production and then bring them back down again. Along with insulin, the release of tryptophan and serotonin to promote relaxation and quell anxiety. Both good things to have on your side when drifting off to dreamland.
8. Steel Cut Oatmeal - Oatmeal is not only a great complex carbohydrate, but Oats are rich in the sleepy time fave vitamin B6. If you are reaching for a bedtime carb, make sure it’s a complex carb.
10. Almonds - contain magnesium to promote muscle relaxation and sleep. Almonds provide a protein that will help regulate blood sugar levels and may help you stay asleep.