A good night’s sleep is one of the basic necessities of life, right? Yes, it certainly should be, and you would think it is, but unfortunately not everyone gets this basic life necessity, myself included! Do you suffer from insomnia? Would you like to get better sleep? I know I want to! There are actually certain foods that can help you get better sleep. Claire Ruiz, the author of Sumo Chef recently got in touch with me, asking if she could write an article for A New York Foodie. We collaborated on some ideas and the one that I thought would be a perfect fit is “Get Better Sleep with These 5 Foods.” Since I suffer with bouts of insomnia, I thought this article would be spot on! If you suffer with insomnia as well, this article is for you! Without further ado, here is Claire talking about how to “Get Better Sleep with These 5 Foods“.
“If there’s one thing I realized I needed to work on, it would be my sleep. Yes, it can get quite irritating having to deal with lack of sleep, since I’m tossing and turning all night until the early morning! While it does sound a bit odd, I realized that there are certain types of food that will actually be able to help me sleep even better. And yes, they work and I’ve tried it myself. You’ll be surprised to know that there’s more to food than you realize!
So if you’re having trouble sleeping like me, I’ll show you how to get proper sleep with these five foods! Need to improve on your sleep? Here Is how to get better sleep with these top five favorite foods of mine that have me sleeping in no time:
1. Dairy Products
I’m sure you know that a glass of milk at night can help induce drowsiness! Foods like yogurt and milk have a lot of calcium, which helps you fall asleep, especially for those who are deficient on the nutrient. A serving of either milk or yogurt before bed can definitely help you sleep!
Yes, pretzels have a high glycemic index that will help spike your blood sugar and insulin levels, reducing the time needed for you to sleep. This is due to the fact that the increase of insulin levels encourage tryptophan to enter your brain, encouraging sleep. Corn chips and popcorn work as well! If you want more flavor to any of these snacks, add various spices and seasonings to it to make it more appealing and tasty!
Tuna, salmon, and halibut are the best for helping you sleep, as they contain a high amount of vitamin B6 for your body to create melatonin and serotonin. These two hormones are extremely helpful in sleeping quickly and with quality. Fish makes a great dinner as well, especially when you use lemongrass or other types of seasonings with it!
Another type of food with a high glycemic index, eating a cup of rice (or half) can help shorten the time need for you to fall asleep. I would recommend jasmine rice , the most, as it brings drowsiness quicker than the other types of rice.
Bananas are another fruit high in potassium and vitamin B6 , which can help create melatonin. You can also try a glass of cherry juice, which is known to help with sleeplessness as well.
Here are other tips to know about when taking any of these foods:
- Remember to take it in moderation to avoid weight gain or feeling too full. Eating too much before sleeping can also lead to heartburn or discomfort.
- I recommend you to eat small portions of these about half an hour before sleeping. Avoid eating heavy meals at least three hours before bedtime.
- While these foods work for me, it may need some experimenting in order to find out which one works for you most. Don’t eat them all at the same time, but try one type of food a day and see what works best.
- Most of these types of foods help secrete melatonin, which is a hormone that helps you sleep triggered by dark areas. So try to sleep with ALL lights off to help make you rest better.
Sleeping is a crucial part of your life, and I know how it feels to lack it. That’s why I make sure to eat right to ensure that I get the right and proper amount of sleep. While drinking milk seems so cliche, it actually works, along with other types of food! And the huge plus to it is that they are healthy and won’t make me gain weight, as long as they are eaten in moderation.
I hope that this article on how to get better sleep with these five food helped you become more knowledgeable on what you need to eat if you have difficulty going to dreamland. So what are you waiting for? Try any of these foods today and enjoy even better sleep.”
If you have any questions or would like to share your experiences with any of these foods for sleep, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.
These ideas are simply for informational purposes only. Please consult a doctor, if you have trouble with your sleep, so he/she can diagnose you properly and recommend what you need to get better sleep. If you have pre-diabetes, diabetes, lactose intolerance, allergies or any other condition where you cannot eat the above mentioned foods, do NOT eat these foods until you consult with your doctor! As I mentioned, this article is totally informational! Please consult with your doctor first!
Note: All images were purchased by Claire on Shutterstock.
Meet Claire, My Guest Poster
Claire is the founder of SumoChef, and her passion is cooking. Her unique approach to cooking is the result of her varied experience and travel abroad. She believes that food is what actually unites people and the dining table is where we set aside our differences. SumoChef is where she finds expression to her passion and she hope be able to contribute to your cooking experience through this. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram