6 Foods That Will Help You Sleep Better

FOOD  |  November 02, 2016
  • 1. Bananas
    1 / 6 1. Bananas

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    Bananas are one of those low GI foods that we tend to eat whenever we’re trying to fill our tummies up in a rush. They’ve also got plenty of vitamins, minerals and fibre to keep your blood sugar level at a steady pace so you don’t experience mood swings just before bed.

    (Also Read: The Best Way to Store Fruits)

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  • 2. Nuts
    2 / 6 2. Nuts

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    Nuts like pecans, almonds and walnuts contain the naturally occurring chemical, tryptophan that helps your body produce melatonin. Melatonin, as most people would know, can easily be produced when you step outside and soak up the sun’s rays.

    Melatonin is also responsible for setting your sleep and wake cycles and conditions your body into going into rest mood when it’s nighttime.

    Eating a handful of these nuts will help kickstart the production of melatonin in your body and it’s especially useful when you don’t always have the time to head out for lunch and get some sun.

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  • 3. Rice
    3 / 6 3. Rice

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    You probably already know this but rice has a high glycemic index (GI) score so that means your body tends to be able to process it faster and leaves your sleepier in the day – hence you often get a food coma after eating rice at lunch.

    However, that doesn’t mean you should stay away from it entirely. Eating small amounts of rice at dinner time and then taking a walk right after to help it digest slowly can help you get better sleep. Alternatively, slow-releasing carbohydrates like brown rice and wholemeal bread can do the trick too.

    (Also Read: 5 Low-Carb Food Swops For A Healthier Diet)

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  • 4. Cherries
    4 / 6 4. Cherries

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    Much like nuts, cherries too contain melatonin and can help you get better quality rest. Studies have also suggested that when you’re experiencing any form of insomnia or are finding it hard to fall asleep, consuming some cherries, especially tart cherries, can really benefit you.

    Alternatively, you could also drink some cherry juice because it’s said to have the same effect as eating a handful of cherries.

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  • 5. Dairy
    5 / 6 5. Dairy

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    As a kid, we were told that a glass of warm milk could always help us sleep better – and it’s true! The calcium found in dairy products like milk and yogurt can help produce melatonin and warm your belly up before you go to bed so you’re more relaxed.

    (Also Read: 8 Reasons to Have Milk in Your Diet (Even if You’re Lactose-Intolerant)

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  • 6. Quinoa
    6 / 6 6. Quinoa

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    It’s a known fact that carbohydrates can make you sleepy so when trying to use carbohydrates to fall asleep, it’s best to stick to the healthier kinds that won’t make you bloat or gain weight. Foods like quinoa and brown rice contain magnesium and has natural sedative effects on your body.

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