• Blog, December 2016

Foods that can help you sleep

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We’ve all heard of the sorts of foods we should avoid when it comes to sleep – drinking alcohol and coffee, piles of sugar and carbohydrates before bed are all big no-nos. But, did you know there are actually some foods that can help you sleep? Here are some of our top sleep inducing foods.

1. Fish

Need another reason to grab some delicious tuna or salmon sashimi? Well now you have it, because fish is also an excellent natural sleep aid. Containing high concentrations of the vitamin b6, it supports your body’s production of melatonin, the sleep chemical. Fish also contains Omega 3s, which is essential for overall brain health.

2. Nuts

Nuts are excellent foods to snack on throughout the day in order to aid sleep later on at night. In particular, reach for walnuts – a natural source of melatonin and the amino acid that makes up serotonin. These hormones assist in regulating sleep wake cycles and mood. Almonds can also assist in sleep, as they are an excellent source of magnesium, which is essential for a restful night.

3. Dairy

We’re going to have to side with your Mum on this one – a glass of milk really does help you sleep! Fortunately for us though, the chemical contained in milk that aids sleep is also contained in all dairy products, so if you’re more of a fan of frozen yoghurt dessert or you prefer a delicious chunk of cheese, then these will also do the trick.

4. Jasmine rice

While heavy carbohydrate dinners are to be avoided just before bed, a recent Australian study revealed that those that eat rice for dinner before bed fall asleep faster due to its high glycaemic index. Unexpectedly – those that eat jasmine rice fall asleep faster than those that ate another type of rice. The perfect excuse to grab some Thai takeout for dinner tonight!

5. Bananas

Banana really is a sleep and mental health superfood! Bananas contain potassium and magnesium which play a role in relaxing muscles for sleep. Bananas also contain high levels of vitamin b and amino acids that get converted into serotonin – vital for good mental health and sleep.

An overall healthy diet rich in foods that contain lots of vitamins and minerals is the best way to support your sleep. Connect with us on Facebook to tell us about some of the foods tricks you’ve tried! Just like food – your bed should be specifically designed to support the uniqueness of the human body’s needs during sleep. Visit our store, or view our range of ergonomic beds online to discuss how an adjustable ergonomic bed can help you get your best rest yet.

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