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5 foods to help you sleep

Updated: Feb 9

Eating the right foods can play a role in promoting better sleep by providing nutrients that support relaxation and the production of sleep-inducing hormones. Here are five foods that may help you sleep better:

  1. Kiwi: Kiwi is a good source of vitamin C and serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep patterns. It also contains antioxidants and other vitamins that promote overall health. Eating a kiwi before bedtime may help you fall asleep faster and enjoy more restful sleep.

  2. Cherries: Cherries, especially tart cherries, are naturally rich in melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. Drinking tart cherry juice or eating a small bowl of cherries as a bedtime snack may help improve sleep quality.

  3. Almonds: Almonds are a good source of magnesium, which can help relax muscles and promote a sense of calm. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to sleep problems, so incorporating almonds into your diet can potentially improve sleep. Just be mindful of portion size, as they are also calorie-dense.

  4. Fatty Fish: Fatty fish like salmon, trout, and mackerel are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been associated with improved sleep. Omega-3s may help increase the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in sleep regulation. Additionally, they can help reduce inflammation, which can interfere with sleep.

  5. Bananas: Bananas are a good source of potassium and magnesium, which can help relax muscles and regulate sleep. They also contain vitamin B6, which is necessary for the production of melatonin. Eating a banana before bedtime can be a healthy way to promote better sleep.

While these foods may help improve your sleep, it's also important to consider your overall diet and lifestyle habits. Avoiding caffeine and heavy, spicy, or fatty meals close to bedtime, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and creating a relaxing bedtime routine are also essential for achieving restful sleep.

If you would like to have your diet assessed, why not book in for a naturopathic appointment

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