Are you having trouble sleeping? Don’t worry; these foods might just be what you need. Take a look at this list of a few sleep triggering foods and pick the ones that work for you. Besides helping you fall asleep these can also improve the quality of your sleep!
#1 Honey – It contributes to the release of sleeping hormone which is important for restorative sleep and also helps reduce the production of orexin which is a neurotransmitter that keeps you awake. A spoonful of honey before bed can help you sleep soundly.
#2 Herbal Teas – Tea induces drowsiness and makes you fall asleep faster. For a relaxing sleep, try a hot cup of chamomile tea or decaffeinated green tea or any other herbal tea.
#3 Almonds – These contain magnesium which promotes sleep and muscle relaxation. They also have tryptophan that promotes the production of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin. Snack on a handful of almonds to get a better night’s sleep.
#4 Bananas – They are a very good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and tryptophan. These help relax the muscles and nerves, and have a sleep inducing effect. Eat a banana or have it as a smoothie to fall asleep in no time.
#5 Dark Chocolate – As it is rich in magnesium, which regulates the biological clock and keeps the internal clock running on time, it is a good choice for a sleep aiding food. Indulge in a dark chocolate feast (try to have sparing amounts) to get into sleep mode.
#6 Dairy – Milk, yogurt and other dairy foods contain tryptophan. And on top of that, calcium found in dairy helps brain use tryptophan to manufacture melatonin, besides reducing stress. Go for a dairy choice to get sleepy.
#7 Whole Grains – These foods are rich in fiber, magnesium and complex carbohydrates which increase bioavailability of tryptophan, and thus bring on sleep. Whole grain foods can not only make you sleepy but also help to sleep better and longer.
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