7 foods to improve sleep

Suffering from insomnia or restless nights? These foods can help you get a better night’s rest
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Have you been suffering from insomnia or restless nights recently? Stop rolling around and trying to count sheep – take a look at your diet instead.

Here are seven foods to help improve your sleep. Add these to your supper tonight to improve your quality of shut-eye.

  1. Prawns or lobster These crustaceans are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body produce serotonin – a hormone crucial for relaxation. Being more relaxed will help improve your sleep.
  2. A bowl of fortified cereal While we are made to believe that carbohydrates at night are a no-no, a bowl of your favourite cereal doesn’t have to be reserved for breakfast. It makes a good pre-sleep snack for two reasons: the carbohydrates from the cereal and the calcium from the milk.
  3. Cherries These are one of the few natural food sources that contain melatonin, the chemical responsible for controlling the body’s internal clock. Studies have found that drinking a glass of tart cherry juice before bedtime significantly improves sleep.
  4. Jasmine rice The glycaemic index of jasmine rice is quite high, causing the body to digest it slowly. This gradually releases glucose into the bloodstream. While foods with a high glycaemic index often get a bad rap for making you tired during the day, a study has found that foods with a higher glycaemic index might increase the production of tryptophan, which will improve sleep.
  5. Bananas Bananas contain potassium and magnesium, two natural muscle relaxants. They are also a source of carbohydrates, which will improve sleep.
  6. Sweet potato This versatile, yummy starchy veg also contains potassium, making it a good food choice to promote sleep.
  7. Camomile tea Camomile is widely known as a sleep inducer. Some studies show that this can be because of a flavonoid compound called apigenin, which improves sleep because of its anti-anxiety properties.

Also read: 5 natural sleep helpers
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