Sleep Diet - Nutrition Tips for Better Sleep
If your sleep regimen is not on point these days and you are struggling to get a good night’s rest, then this is for you. The struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep could be caused by the foods anddrinks you consume right before bed. Yep, you could be ruining your sleep diet and not even know it.
Worst foods for sleep:
Foods with Hidden Caffeine can make it very difficult to fall asleep without you even knowing it. Make sure you read the food label because a lot of food may have caffeine like some ice cream and chocolate.
Spicy Food can raise your body temperature making it harder to fall asleep because your body temperature naturally should be low to facilitate sleep. I can't sleep hot!
Sweet Treats such as ice-cream and baked goodies, send blood sugar levels spiking at first, which then crashes when you sleep. A crash in blood sugar increases cortisol levels, which keeps the body alert and awake. So if you want to eat sweets before bed, better find a good book to read.
But adding these foods to your diet could help:
Tart cherry juice is a natural source of melatonin and can increase time spent asleep and total sleep efficiency.
Bananas contain tryptophan, which promotes the release of serotonin. Plus, magnesium may help regulate neurotransmitters directly related to sleep.
Kiwis are rich in antioxidants and serotonin both of which may improve sleep quality when eaten before bed.
Almonds contain high doses of melatonin that helps regulate the sleeping cycle.
Honey lowers levels of orexin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that makes you more alert. Honey will put that alertness in reverse. Goodnight!
Oatmeal might help prepare your body for sleep and keep you full throughout the night. Oats contain magnesium as well as melatonin. Consider making a batch of overnight oats with honey and seeds for a simple nighttime snack option.
So, yeah. Pay attention to your late-night snacks because getting good sleep is incredibly important for your overall health.