You may be aware of the different kinds of food out there that do not help you sleep – aka anything with caffeine or sugar – but have you ever considered what kinds of food may actually contribute to better, more restful sleep? There are many, and they’re healthy for you, too. Sleep has a huge effect on how you feel throughout the day, and foods related to serotonin, along with Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid, help promote the healthy sleep you’ve been needing.
Here are a few different foods that will help you cultivate a restful slumber:
1. Complex carbs
You’re probably thinking: yes, an excuse to eat more carbs! But hang on a second. This refers to the good kinds of carbs: the whole-grain breads, cereals, pastas, crackers, and brown rice. Simple carbs like cakes, cookies, pastries, white breads, and sugar related-carbs will not do the trick.
Lean proteins in particular will help your head hit that pillow at night. These include low-fat cheeses, turkey, chicken, and fish. These foods are high in amino acid tryptophan, which tends to contribute to lower serotonin levels.
3. The Good Fats
There are good and bad fats. The heart-healthy fats, like peanut butter and other nuts, are considered good fats. Any unsaturated fats like butters and brown sugars will keep you wide awake long into the nighttime hours.
4. Milk or Tea
One glass of warm milk or a cup of decaffeinated tea is great for you before bed. Look for chamomile or peppermint tea.
There are also a few sleep inducing snacks out there, like banana with low-fat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, apples, and mozzarella string cheeses.