3 foods that will help you sleep better – and a few to avoid!
Everyone says the kitchen is the heartbeat of a happy home but if that’s true, the bedroom is a home’s soul. It’s the place where we greet our days and where we bid them goodnight. It’s where we curl up to canoodle and cuddle with our children and our pets.
And the first step to all that peaceful, soothing sleep-happy goodness will always be a full belly. But do some foods help you sleep better than others? You bet your pillow-top mattress!
If you’ve been dreaming of a good night’s sleep, prepare yourself for a diet-sleep-fitness epiphany with these bedtime snacks.
Bananas & milk
Grandma knew what she was doing when she fed you warm milk before bed – calcium helps your brain produce sleep-enhancing melatonin. Slice some bananas (they contain the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan, which encourages relaxation) and add a handful of magnesium-rich almonds and you’ve got a winning a sleep combo.
Cherries & dark chocolate
Cherries boost melatonin naturally. Sip a glass of cherry juice or scoop some into a bowl to munch on before bed. Throw in some dark chocolate, which help you produce serotonin, making it an over-achieving sleep superstar. Stick to chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao and you’ll reap the rewards without the extra calories.
A warm drink before bed is comforting and soothing but coffee, most tea and hot chocolate all contain sleep-stealing caffeine. Chamomile lacks the caffeine and studies show it increases glycine, a chemical that relaxes nerves and muscles. Now all you need is your favorite book and you’ll be ready for sleep in no time.
The ultimate “Sleep Horrible Diet”
If sleep isn’t important to you, belly up to the bar and these foods to your bedtime snack list.