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What to eat for a good night’s sleep

Good night's sleep

Do you struggle to nod off at night? Did you know that diet actually plays a key role in contributing to a good night’s sleep? Here, we discuss how what you eat affects your sleep, the foods to avoid and those which will help you welcome those zzzs.

Incorporating certain foods into your food plan that are known for aiding relaxation and calming frayed nerves may help aid you for a good night’s sleep.

What you eat affects how you sleep. How many times have you gone to bed after a late dinner or a midnight snack, tossed and turned and had the most ferocious dreams all because of that late feast?

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Become a tryptophan fan

Some foods actively contribute to a good night’s sleep because they contain tryptophan, an amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin.

Simply put, serotonin is a neurotransmitter that slows down nerve traffic so your brain isn’t revved up and raring to go.

By adding more foods containing tryptophan, a natural sedative, you are giving yourself a better chance of undisturbed rest.

Carbohydrates are particularly rich in this calming ingredient and many meal options can be planned that not only fit into your food plan but can also ensure you enjoy a safe passage to the land of nod.

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Foods such as potatoes, gluten free pasta and bread, rice, eggs, seafood, chicken, turkey, gluten free cereals, buckwheat, seeds and nuts are high in tryptophan and are perfect snooze boosters.

Try to have little snacks of these during the day or incorporate them into your evening meal to ensure you benefit from their in-built snooze facilities.

Of course going to bed hungry is a sure-fire way to ensure you’ll be counting sheep all night. So make sure your evening meal is satisfying and not heavy in proteins, which will lay heavy on the stomach and could keep you awake.

If you do find you are hungry at bedtime, then great bedtime snacks could include:

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Foods to avoid

If you don’t want to be tossing and turning all night, avoid the following:

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Perfect snooze foods

And lastly before you drift off, meals that are high in carbohydrates and low to medium in protein will help you relax in the evening and could ensure you have the best chance of a good night’s sleep.

Try the following dinners for new ideas in the best in snooze food:

Herbal teas such as camomile or valerian have been found to be useful as night-time relaxants and many supermarkets and health food stores now stock a delicious range of bedtime teas that are worth exploring.

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Eat regular meals and snacks of a wide variety of colours and flavours to achieve a range of essential nutrients.

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