6 Foods That Help You Sleep

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We know our beauty sleep is important, but it really can be hard to nod off sometimes. Luckily, there are some clever foods you can eat to help you get a good night’s rest. And some of them might surprise you!

 

Here’s what you should be snacking on to make sure you sleep soundly. Eat up and you’ll soon be showing Sleeping Beauty how it’s done.

1. Walnuts

Walnuts are a great source of tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes sleep.

You’d be a nut not to snack on walnuts before bed. (credit: @cookdiary)

Walnuts are a great source of tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes sleep. They even contain their own source of melatonin (sleep hormone), according to University of Texas researchers. Also, they’re full of heart-healthy fats to make your skin glow. So they really are a beauty sleep essential!

2. Cheese and Crackers

The snack combines two sleep-enhancing ingredients: carbs (crackers) and calcium (cheese).

Warm milk is good, but this bedtime snack is better. (credit: @thewickednoodle)

Forget the warm milk your grandma recommended, and reach for cheese and crackers. The snack combines two sleep-enhancing ingredients: carbs (crackers) and calcium (cheese). This tasty treat triggers the production of the sleep hormone melatonin and the calcium also helps regulate muscle movement for a restful night.

3. SkinnyMint Night Cleanse

Make drinking tea part of your bedtime ritual.

Sip a tea with calming natural ingredients for a better night’s sleep. (credit: @nicccchang)

SkinnyMint’s purifying Night Cleanse tea contains calming ingredients such as lemon grass and orange leaves to soothe the body and mind. Peppermint and ginger help reduce bloating, and hawthorn berries add to its delicious flavour. There’s something so comforting about sipping a warm drink before bed, so make drinking tea part of your bedtime ritual.

4. Oily Fish

The omega-3 fatty acids might be the answer to sleepless nights.

Sound sleep is yet another reason to eat more fish. (credit: @goodhousekeeping)

Most fish – especially tuna and salmon – is packed with vitamin B6, which boosts melatonin. It’s also super high in protein and contains healthy fats. A recent study by the University of Oxford shows these omega-3 fatty acids might be the answer to sleepless nights, so eat up!

5. Bananas

One big banana provides half your daily recommended intake of vitamin B6, which is known to promote sleep.

Bananas are great for breakfast, but also perfect as a night-time snack. (credit: @simple-veganista)

Everyone’s favorite bendy fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals and that weird-sounding tryptophan. One big banana provides half your daily recommended intake of vitamin B6, which is known to promote sleep. A banana is also carbohydrate-rich, which will help you feel sleepy. Pair your evening banana with a few walnuts and you’ll nod off in no time.

6. Cereal

A bowl of your cereal of choice could help you get a better night’s rest.

Who doesn’t love a bowl of late-night cereal? (credit: @pdxfoodlove)

A bowl of cereal could help you get a better night’s rest as the combination of the cereal’s calming carbs and the mineral-rich dairy can make you feel drowsy. Keep it to a small bowl, though, as it’s hard to sleep on an overloaded belly!

What snack do you like to eat before bed? Tell us in the comments below.
And if you’re sick of waking up tired, here are five fast ways to boost your energy!

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