In need of a restful night’s sleep? Who isn’t?! Getting to bed, though, is more than just finding the time to hit the sack. Rather, it’s also dependent on your diet.
In order to get a good night’s sleep, it’s essential to calm your body and brain down before bedtime. And while some foods contribute to restful sleep, others are pretty much guaranteed to keep you awake. So, what should you eat to ensure a successful sleep? Keep reading to find out!
The Key Players (& The Wannabes)
Tryptophan is the amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin, the neurotransmitter that slows down nerve traffic so your brain isn’t so busy. You probably know tryptophan as the post-Thanksgiving sleep-inducing ingredient in turkey. Other foods high in tryptophan include dairy and soy products, seafood, meats, poultry, whole grains, beans, rice, hummus, hazelnuts, peanuts, eggs, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds.
Melatonin, a hormone naturally produced by the pineal gland, plays a major role in the sleep cycle by rising gradually in the evening, remaining high during the night and then dropping in the early morning. Though this hormone is made naturally within the body, it can also be found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits and vegetables, as well as in all-natural supplements.
Sa-To-Ri-7, with California Poppy and Hops, is a highly-concentrated, alcohol-free, vegan botanical that has been shown to help promote calmness and relaxation. It supplies almost twice the normal dosage of California poppy and hops in a convenient liquid form for optimal absorption and enhanced usage. Add 10-15 drops to your favorite beverage at your last meal of the day to gain the benefits for proper relaxation for your evening. $16.95 per bottle at veganessentials.com.
Alcohol is a wanna-be sleep inducer. And while alcohol, especially wine, helps you fall asleep by relaxing the nervous system, it will not help you sleep well. If you do drink, though, choose red wine, which, more than any other alcohol, contains melatonin.
Sleep Drinks like Dream Water, Drank and Unwind, while perhaps psychologically relaxing (think: placebo effect!), don’t really induce sleep. You’re better off turning to natural foods for a powerful result.