Eat Better to Sleep Better: 5 Foods that Can Improve Your Sleep

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Resorting to over the counter medication to help you fall asleep at night can be expensive as well as unnatural to your body. Alternatively, we suggest trying to introduce these 5 foods into your regular diet to help your body regulate its sleep cycle.

Bananas

If you are already eating bananas on a regular basis then good on you! If you are not, then you might want to reconsider. Bananas are filled with potassium and magnesium, two essential vitamins your body needs for muscle relaxation. Additionally, bananas contain an amino acid tryptophan, which the body later converts into serotonin and melatonin. Bananas can relax your muscles and calm your hormones.

Spinach

Similar to bananas, spinach contains heaps of potassium and magnesium. Additionally, spinach contains calcium which helps the body produce melatonin and regulate the sleep cycle. And no, you may not substitute calcium supplements to avoid spinach. Besides, it has already been scientifically proven that Popeye’s diet was extremely healthy.

Almonds

Filled with magnesium, almonds are often suggested as a healthy snack food. What you might not have known, is that almonds also contain melatonin, which helps the body to regulate the sleep cycle. Try a handful of almonds as an after dinner snack and you will be snoozin’ in no time.

Cherries

Being a good source of antioxidants is what cherries are usually known for when it comes to healthy foods, however did you know these tasty fruits naturally contain high levels of melatonin? Australian cherries are only in season from November to February so if you don’t want to wait that long, a glass of cherry juice can also boost melatonin levels in the body and naturally induce sleep.

Fish

Also a good source of protein, fish can be helpful when it comes to regulating your sleep cycle for two reasons. Firstly, fish contains a lot of vitamin B6 that is critical for your body to produce melatonin. Secondly, fish contain plenty of tryptophan which, as mentioned previously, the body converts into hormones that are needed to induce sleep.

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  • Natasha

    Ok so love baby spinach, been laying off the bananas though because of the carbs. Time to pop the bananas back in the grocery basket.
    I agree with et going to be hard to get cherries and can’t do tinned or out of a packet. Almonds yum and fish… Lovely don’t really do at home. Time to head out for dinner maybe!

  • Et

    cherries at this time of year? the rest are good. i don’t necessarily eat enough of them but good

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  • Christine Beard

    Thanks, this is really interesting, Christine

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