10 Delicious Foods To Help Improve Your Sleep

Many experts suggest that some wholefoods contain key nutrients which may help improve your sleep. Here's the low down on which foods may help improve your sleep.

Key Nutrients For Sleeping Well

Eating healthy foods containing tryptophan, magnesium, potassium and calcium.  Tryptophan works as a precursor to melatonin.  Melatonin is the hormone which induces sleep.  Potassium assists with producing deep, slow-wave sleep. Calcium is calming, and magnesium relaxes your muscles. Which wholefoods contain these key nutrients?

Healthy Foods For Sleeping Well 

There are many factors which affect our sleep but you might find that these wholefoods make a difference to the quality of your sleep.

  1. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and tryptophan.

  2. Cherries are an excellent source of melatonin.

  3. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and light on the digestion.  We love our eggs!

  4. Legumes, split peas, and lentils offer fibre, protein, and a rich source of tryptophan.

  5. Warm milk contains tryptophan and calcium.

  6. Nuts and seeds contain magnesium.

  7. Oats contain melatonin.

  8. Soy products contain tryptophan and calcium.

  9. Turkey and chicken are a source of tryptophan.

  10. Yoghurt contains calcium, magnesium, and tryptophan.

Other Tips For Improving Your Sleep 

Balance your blood sugar levels throughout the day by eating small amounts of protein with every meal.

Practice yoga, meditation, and any other natural remedies or relaxation technique.

Laughing, smiling, and exercise all help produce serotonin.  Serotonin is the hormone which makes us happy.  The more serotonin produced during the day, the more melatonin is produced at night.

Magnesium from an Epsom's salts bath helps relax muscles.

Burn some essential oils.  I love lavender and ylang-ylang as they help induce a relaxing mood.

Sweet dreams!