Do you get into your nice, comfortable warm bed all ready to fall asleep but then spend hours on your phone or portable device scrolling? Did you know that this could be hindering your sleep? It is not recommended as the stimulation can make it difficult for your brain to switch off when you close your eyes. When you get to bed it is recommended to turn off all media (phone, iPad, TV) and allow 30 minutes for your brain to relax, this allows you to drift off quickly. Alternatively, you can pay closer attention to your diet, making sure you consume foods that can assist your body when wanting to fall asleep. Our top 5 sleep boosting foods include:
Diets that are low in calcium can contribute to difficulties with falling asleep. Kale is a great source of calcium (as well as other green leafy vegetables)
Almonds are rich in protein and magnesium, which can help to promote sleep and muscle relaxation
Rich in the “sleep inducing” amino acid “tryptophan” bananas can promote relaxation. Try having frozen banana “nice cream” by freezing bananas and blending, they are the perfect dessert!
Salmon boasts a healthy amount of vitamin B6 which assists with melatonin production, a hormone that can promote sleepiness.
A natural source of melatonin, cherries can promote sleepiness and a good night sleep.