When it comes to sleep problems, we always get recommendations to get a good bed. And now, we also know that adjustable beds are the best choice to promote better sleep. But there are instances that even with a good bed, you don’t really get a good night of rest. It could be stress, yes. But you could also be missing on the right food to help you get a good sleep.
Sleep problems can really break you up. Sleeping well is very important for your mental and physical health. We’ve listed seven foods that can help you sleep better!
Foods to help you sleep better
1. Sour cherries (cherries)
Sour cherries are a natural source of the sleep hormone melatonin . You make it yourself, but you can also get it through your diet.
2. Nuts and Seeds
Some raw, unsalted nuts and seeds contain magnesium . This mineral helps your muscles to relax. If your magnesium level is too low, you may find it harder to fall asleep. A handful of nuts before going to bed is therefore not only tasty, it may also be good for your sleep.
Magnesium-rich nuts and seeds are: almonds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and walnuts.
Valerian is a herbaceous plant that can have a calming and relaxing effect.
Salmon is rich in vitamin B6 . The body needs this vitamin to produce the sleep hormone melatonin. In addition, salmon, just like shrimp, halibut and cod, contains the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan, together with vitamin B6, is involved in the production of serotonin (the happiness hormone) and melatonin. Both hormones help you sleep.
5. Dark Leafy Vegetables
Dark leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, endive and bok choy, contain magnesium. As mentioned before, magnesium contributes to relaxed muscles.
Bananas are also rich in magnesium, but also in potassium . Both minerals can reduce restless feelings and help you relax. In addition, bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is involved in the production of melatonin.
Do you fancy a late snack? Then opt for a boiled egg instead of chips or candy. The carbohydrates in chips and sweets cause a spike in your blood sugar level (a sugar rush). That makes you very energetic. The proteins that eggs are rich in do not take care of that.
Attention!! Also pay attention to the rest of your lifestyle. The above foods are of course not miracle cures. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in general, with a varied diet and regular exercise.