According to Sheryl Sandberg, sleep is the key to success. But it’s not always as easy to come by as counting sheep.
Anyone who has ever laid awake banging their head against the pillow will know the struggle of falling asleep. So you’ll be glad to know that your bedtime snacks can actually help you fall asleep. Woo.
1. A cup of tea makes everything better
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Chamomile tea is everybody’s favorite night cap for falling asleep. It has anti-anxiety effects and some research suggests it increases something called glycine, which is apparently a natural sedative.
Most people agree it’s simply the warmth of the drink that lulls you to sleep, so if you think a warm drink will relax you – it will. Plus the whole ritual of making a cup of tea can be quite relaxing and put your body into a routine.
2. Whole Wheat Bread And Cereal Are Actually Great
The science behind it baffles me a little bit, but essentially whole-wheat begins a process that creates melatonin, the chemical released when we get all sleepy and start to fall into a deep sleep. Avoid cereals full of sugar, if you feel a little restless try a slice of toast with your choice of warm tea, and don’t forget to get those scents right! Check out our article about the benefits of aromatherapy here – it might change your life.
3. Have Some Turkey
Here’s something you didn’t know about the humble turkey. It has the highest tryptophan levels of all foods. Tryptophan is essential for the production of melatonin, so include it in your evening meal and you will absolutely get a good night’s sleep. Turkey with steamed vegetables is a winner of a meal and will help you get relaxed in the evening.
4. Boost your magnesium levels and have some fish
If you have a magnesium deficiency, insomnia can be the main symptom. So if you’re regularly battling sleep demons, you should definitely make an appointment to see your doctor. Look for magnesium rich foods. Salmon with dark leafy greens is a great meal for boosting magnesium levels, plus super easy to make as an evening meal. Check out our article on smart supplements too to make sure you’re getting enough of what you need.