Healthy foods are not only good for giving you energy throughout your day, but they can also help you get a good night’s sleep! Some of these foods can ward off hunger, help you relax, stimulate melatonin, or feel relief from insomnia. Integrating these foods into your diet can promote a healthy lifestyle and a restful night of sleep.
- Tart Cherry Juice: Cherry juice is a natural source of melatonin. You can drink it straight or mix into a smoothie for a delicious way to drift off to sleep. Stay asleep longer with this tasty beverage.
- Fish: Maybe not the best bedtime snack, but it is a healthy and appealing evening meal. Fish are full of omega-3 fatty acids which can help reduce stress so you can relax and rest.
- Herbal Tea: Cozy up with a warm cup of herbal tea. Many herbal teas are naturally decaffeinated and calming. You can even make your own tea by growing plants such as chamomile and lemon balm and making a brew with the leaves.
- Cereal: Hot or cold, cereal can be a great bedtime snack. Adding milk, which contains tryptophan, helps promote development of the hormone melatonin. A hot cereal like oatmeal contains calcium and magnesium which helps you feel relaxed and sleep longer.
- Peanut Butter: This nutty goodness contains tryptophan which will help you fall asleep. Pairing it with a whole grain carb such as crackers or bread will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
- Pineapple: Pineapple is another fruit that naturally produces melatonin. Eating this fruit, and others such as bananas or oranges, that contain high levels of potassium will help relax your muscles and make it easier to stay asleep.
- Nuts: High protein nuts such as walnuts or almonds will help stabilize your blood sugar and keep you sleeping deeper and longer. Walnuts are another source of tryptophan to boost your melatonin-making power.
- Poultry: Turkey is well known for its power to put you to sleep on Thanksgiving, but most poultry have levels of tryptophan as well. They can also be a lean alternative to red meat as a protein source.
- Honey: A dab of honey can be a sweet way to lower levels of alertness in your brain. Try adding it into your herbal tea for a double dose of relaxation.
- Dark Chocolate: Chocolate before bed? Absolutely! Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants which is a great way to tackle those late night sweet cravings. This treat also contains the hormone serotonin which helps you to relax.
- Chickpeas: These beans are full of tryptophan as well as serotonin and Vitamin B-6. Mash them into hummus and pair with whole grain pita or crackers.
- Sweet Potatoes: Looking for a satisfying comfort food? Sweet potatoes have carbohydrates and muscle relaxing potassium to help you feel tired and keep you asleep longer.
Snacking on these foods and supplementing with Dormiva® will help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Dormiva® is a unique formulation of natural sleep support ingredients adapted from an Italian recipe. It combines clinically proven ingredients in a very special way. L-tryptophan, with its rapid onset of action, and Melatonin help you fall asleep. Healthy, happy, and full are the ways to keep on track to a good night’s rest each and every night.