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If you’re struggling to get to sleep on a night time, or indeed you can drop off faster than a hypnotised cat, then recent studies have shown it could all be down the food you eat!
Certain foods contain more of the ingredients that stimulate the ‘sleepy hormone’ melatonin. This chemical substance has been discovered by a bunch of science boffins, and it’s been linked to how we fall asleep.
The main food substance we are looking for to help our journey to the land of nod are protein-based foods with a high level of tryptophan. This tricky to pronounce devil is basically an amino acid that our bodies can’t produce naturally, so we rely on certain foods to get our fix!
So, the next time you’re looking for a pre-bed snack, check out the following foods and, fingers crossed, those sheep counting marathons will soon be a distant memory. Don’t forget a nice comfy bed will also help the cause no end.
This is a no brainer! Just remember how you felt after Christmas Day lunch! Turkey, as well as chicken, contains a large amount of protein and tryptophan, and can make you feel pleasantly full without the need to overdo it.
A perfect pre-bed snack! Not only are these yellow boomerangs one of your five-a-day, they are packed full of tryptophan, as well as muscle relaxants, potassium and magnesium. Just makes you tired thinking about it!
You only need to look at a cat, curled up in a sleep induced coma to understand this one. Milk contains tryptophan, as well as calcium which will send your melatonin into overdrive. The fact the milk is warm will just naturally relax you anyway, like a cuddle in a cup!
Love it or hate it, this brown sticky blighter is rich in Vitamin B, which helps transport glucose and get that all important tryptophan to your brain where the feel good chemical Serotonin kicks in. Lowering stress levels is always a win win when trying to reach the sleep super highway.
A perfect transportable tryptophan fix, ideal if you’re wanting to relax while travelling.
One of nature’s tryptophan gems, oats also contain a good source of vitamins and minerals. These are an ideal ingredient to mix in with milk and honey to create a melatonin explosion that’s bound to have you out for the count.
All of the food examples above will certainly aid in your sleep consumption, but remember eating at the right time is just as important. Eating too early will leave you feeling hungry and uncomfortable. Eating too late can lead to discomfort, as your digestive system will slow as you try to sleep. Ideally eat your last main meal several hours before going to bed, allowing enough time for your food to digest and then have a bedtime snack before going to bed. Also remember to make sure it’s packed full of that all-important tryptophan.