If you struggle to fall asleep, perhaps it’s time to take a look at your diet…
- Banana. If you simply cannot fall asleep without a bedtime snack, reaching for a banana is a good bet. Bananas contain both tryptophan and potassium, which is perhaps a lesser-known sleep supporter. Bonus: bananas are sweet, so you might just be able to forgo dessert and convince yourself that banana you’re eating is pulling double duty.
- Cherry Juice: Cherry juice is good for you in so many ways, but did you know it can promote a better night’s sleep? Tart cherry juice can help boost your melatonin, which is a naturally-occurring hormone that’s job it is to make you feel sleepy.
- Kiwi fruit. Researchers out of Norway found that eating kiwi about an hour before hitting the hay led to better sleep than opting for another fruit variety for your bedtime snack. Kiwi’s antioxidant makeup, which include serotonin, is known to help you fall asleep faster and sleep better.
- Eating salmon or tuna for dinner is great because these healthy fish contain tryptophan (like bananas), and they’re also high in vitamin B6, which is essential for the production of melatonin, which is very important when it comes to getting drowsy and sleeping well through the night.
- Sweet potatoes: sweet potatoes not only contain complex carbohydrates, which will help you sleep better, they also add a dose of potassium, which can help relax your muscles, leading to better quality sleep all night long.
Bailey Schneider – Smile Drive Anchor, Weekdays 3pm-6pm