Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Do you also like to have a snack right before you hit the sheets? Well you’re in for a treat because we have a list of seven foods that can help give you a better night’s sleep. So goodnight and good eats!
- Bananas – This fruit is perfect for a snack after a workout thanks to its potassium and magnesium content. Not only do these elements help you recover, but they also work as a natural sleep aid.
- Oatmeal – Make yourself a bowl of oatmeal before you hit the sack. A portion of whole oats is a good source of the amino acid tryptophan, which in turn makes serotonin and melatonin. These two hormones will help you relax and fall asleep easier.
- Greens – Getting in a good serving of leafy greens like spinach leaves or kale will provide you with some much-needed magnesium and calcium. Both of which will help make you sleepy and keep you on your natural sleep cycle.
- Pineapples – While pineapple is known for its high sugar content, a small serving size of this fruit can do you some good. Pineapple can raise melatonin levels in your blood, and from there it can boost the antioxidant capacity of that melatonin.
- Walnuts – Another food that contains a source of tryptophan (which then creates serotonin and melatonin) is your classic walnut. This nut also has its own source of melatonin as well which can increase the concentration of it in your blood stream. Thus, you will be asleep before you know it!
- Chamomile Tea – This legendary tea is known as the ultimate night cap because of its ability to help put you to sleep. Chamomile tea will increase glycine levels which will help relax your muscles and nerves.
- Pumpkin Seeds – You shouldn’t just be eating pumpkin seeds in October and November — these seeds should be eaten all year long! Pumpkin seeds can provide you with half of your recommended daily allowance of magnesium. If you can’t seem to find these seeds in the store, opt for sunflower seeds or flaxseed.
Trying to get a better night’s sleep is always an ongoing battle, but with this list you should have no problem getting your eight hours. For other useful tips and information, visit our blog! If you’re interested in learning more, or visiting The Arbors Assisted Living community, schedule a tour by contacting one of our five convenient locations: