As we age, it might be harder to get a good night’s sleep. Surprisingly, what we eat can impact how we sleep! If you or a loved one has trouble sleeping, having a healthy bedtime snack just might be the cure.
How many times have we heard “drink warm milk to sleep”? It’s not just an old wives’ tale, there are actually some benefits to it. Milk contains tryptophan, which helps promote sleep. Additionally, caffeine-free teas, including green tea or chamomile help induce sleep. Green tea contains theanine that helps decrease feelings of stress. Chamomile acts as a mild sedative that promotes sleep.
Fruits that contain potassium or magnesium are known to help induce sleep. One of the best fruits to consume before bedtime are bananas, as they contain the perfect trio to support sleep: tryptophan, potassium, and magnesium. Other fruits such as watermelon, pineapples, and cherries are also rich in nutrients that can help induce sleep.
Unsaturated (good) fats can help promote sleep. Avocados and nuts are not only good for you, they help regulate serotonin levels that help you sleep. In addition to helping you sleep, they are also good for your heart by lowering your bad cholesterol.
So, if you find yourself tossing and turning at night, try one of these healthy food tips. You just might find yourself one a one-way ticket to dreamland!