Tossing and turning at night can be very frustrating and hard on your health. There are a variety of factors that can affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep such as depression, forgetfulness, stress and weight gain. There are also many theories for how to improve sleep, but did you know that a simple way to get better sleep is through diet? Choosing the right foods can help you get more rest and stay asleep at night.
Foods That Can Help You Sleep Better
Add some of these foods to your diet to help improve sleep.
Bananas: They are high in potassium, which can help calm restless legs and nighttime leg cramps. Bananas also contain magnesium, which helps relax muscles and nerves and promotes healthy circulation.
Fish: Most fish such as salmon, halibut and tuna contain vitamin B6. This helps the body create the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.
Cherry Juice: Tart cherries are also rich in melatonin and have been shown to help those with sleeping disorders.
Chickpeas: This is another food that contains vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin.
Dairy Products: Yogurt and milk products contain high amounts of calcium, which help you reach the deepest levels of sleep (REM phase).
Cereal: A small bowl of low-sugar, whole-grain cereal helps with melatonin production (sleep-inducing hormone) and also tryptophan (an amino acid that causes sleepiness).
Tea: Drinking a herbal tea or a decaffeinated green tea will help increase drowsiness and decrees the time it takes to fall asleep.
Eggs: This high-protein food can help keep your blood sugar levels stable so that it is easier for you to sleep through the night.
Learn more about sleep studies at Johnston Health’s sleep labs.