A night of peaceful, deep and quality sleep is a blessing that only the sleep deprived and insomniacs can truly appreciate. It’s not something many of us think about because…well, sleep is a natural thing. But, for many of us, we struggle to get a good night’s sleep.
While there can be many underlying reasons why you’re not getting good sleep (gut issues, poor sleep habits, low B vitamins, etc), my favorite place to start is always with food! If you find yourself tossing and turning in your bed at night instead of sleeping, try adding in some of these:
Chamomile tea is a popular sleep-inducing tea that helps eliminates tress and anxiety. Before you go to bed, take a moment to sip a warm cup of chamomile herbal tea to relax, unwind and de-stress.
Pistachios are not only tasty, but they are a jackpot for sleep. They are jam packed with magnesium, protein, and vitamin B6, which have a major role in inducing sleep. Consuming a healthy amount of pistachios before going to bed is a good way to increase rest. However, more than one ounce of pistachios will have a reverse effect on your body- so just aim for a small handful!
This juice contains high levels of melatonin, which is responsible for inducing sleep in your body. It can improve the quality of your sleep by regulating your body’s sleep cycles. A study conducted by Louisiana State University found that insomniacs who drank tart cherry juice increased their sleep time by 90 minutes.
This fruit is a powerhouse of magnesium and potassium, which serve as natural sleep aids for your body. If you are feeling wide awake at night, try a banana with a little nut butter to get yourself to sleep.
Walnuts contain an amino acid called tryptophan that helps induce and enhance sleep. This amino acid is responsible for the production of melatonin and serotonin, which improve the quality of our sleep by regulating sleep cycles. A small handful before bed can work wonders.
As I stated above, sleep issues can come from many different sources. Start with food, and then expand from there. Make sure you are “winding down” at night with a calming routine, such as an epsom bath or even just dimming the lights. Ensure your room is dark and a comfortable temperature, and shut down any blue light (TV, phone, etc) at least 30 minutes before bed. And, turn off that WiFi! Plenty of studies are now showing that WiFi can hinder sleep.
Finally, because sleep issues very commonly can be traced back to poor gut health, don’t forget to download my free 5 day Healthy Eating Plan RIGHT HERE (just click!). 5 days of healthy meals to give your body the jump start it needs. meals).