Many of us have sleep-related problems. Exhaustion and overthinking are two of the main reasons behind such problems, but did you know what you eat can also have a big impact? Here are some of the top foods to help you sleep.
Walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, a sleep enhancing amino acid that enhances the production of serotonin and melatonin; a hormone that regulates sleep cycles and helps falling asleep faster.
Dairy products are rich in calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan from dairy to make melatonin.
Fish like tuna and salmon are rich in vitamin B6 which helps the body produce serotonin and melatonin. Garlic and pistachio nuts are also good sources of B6.
A glass of cherry juice can help you fall asleep faster as it raises melatonin levels in your body.
A bowl of cereal before going to bed can aid sleep, as such a meal contains carbs (from the cereal) and calcium from milk.
Chamomile tea is considered a mild sedative as it increases muscle and nerve-relaxing glycine
In addition to its many health benefits, one spoon of honey before bedtime can enhance your sleep, since the natural sugar found in honey slightly raises insulin levels and allows tryptophan to enter the brain more easily.