It might be a late-night bite to help you fall asleep quickly or a sneaky snack that’s preventing you from being productive throughout the day! These are the products that affect your sleep:
To fall asleep at night add products containing tryptophan, lactucarium or carbohydrates to your dinner. Tryptophan helps to produce serotonin, which is converted to melatonin—a sleep inducer. Lactucarium, found in lettuce and other green leafy veggies, is commonly known as ‘lettuce opium’ due to its sedative properties. Finally, carbohydrates produce insulin, and high levels of insulin in your body make you feel sleepy but beware you don’t overdue the high blood sugar! Obviously, avoiding the cunning trio will help you remain chipper and productive at work. But what should you be eating to aid your sleep?
Walnuts. These nuts have a good source of tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid, basically – the “body clock” hormone that sets your sleep-wake cycles.
Cheese. Grandma wasn’t joking when she said warm milk helped you to fall asleep. Apparently, any dairy product helps! Calcium in cheese regulates muscle movements and helps the brain to use tryptophan… you already know what for!
Dark chocolate. Loaded with serotonin, it can make you feel drowsy in spite of the caffeine in it and, of course, we all know that dark chocolate is better for you than the highly-processed milk choccies.
Kiwi Fruit. Our favourite! Researchers at the Taipei Medical University in Taiwan gave kiwi fruit to volunteers before bed time. Those who ate two fruits an hour before going to sleep, slept almost a full extra hour! Not bad for a delicious sleeping pill.
Figs. Rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron, figs help with blood flow and muscle contraction, which are key for falling asleep.
Bananas. Another excellent source of potassium and magnesium, making you feel sleepy. However, we know at least 7 solid reasons to eat bananas every day.
White bread. Carbs give a boost to the energy levels, however, never stay for too long in a body. When glucose level drops down, you might feel like an urgent nap.
Pretzels. Pretzels have a high glycemic index. After eating them you’ll have a natural spike in your blood sugar and insulin levels, shortening the time it takes you to fall asleep. Not that that’s the only reason to avoid this unhealthy snack!
Honey. Not as dramatic as pretzels but the natural sugar found in honey slightly raises insulin, which leads to an inevitable decrease and sleepy mood.