Getting a good night's sleep is very important for your overall health. It is recommended that we get between seven and nine hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, however many individuals struggle to get enough. Before bed, try a snack or sip that has sleep-promoting properties.
SOMETIMES YOU FEEL LIKE A NUT: Melatonin helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle. Some nuts are a good source. Almonds and walnuts can increase your blood levels of this hormone and may help you get a better night's sleep.
SAY CHEESE: Low levels of serotonin can contribute to insomnia. Choose foods high in lean protein such as cottage cheese. For an extra kick of melatonin and some fruity flavor, try topping with fresh raspberries or pineapple.
TIME FOR TEA: A warm cup of decaffeinated tea can help relax your body before bedtime. Chamomile and Peppermint are bedtime favorites. Don't like tea? How about a glass of warm milk? It may remind you of your childhood days and set the perfect background for a relaxing bedtime routine.
GOING BANANAS: Melatonin can also be found in many fruits. Bananas, cherries, pineapple and oranges are all good sources and snacking on them before bedtime may help you fall asleep faster and wake up less often during the night.
TIPS: Steer clear of caffeinated drinks and heartburn-inducing foods at night. Choose whole grains such as popcorn, oatmeal, or whole-wheat crackers for your bedtime snack. Consume your snack at least 2 to 3 hours prior to bedtime to avoid digestive issues.