We all know that the amount of sleep and its quality are important for your health and the food you eat can also help you get better rest. Science Daily reports that food is responsible for two major hormones, melatonin, and serotonin, which contribute to rest and recuperation; vitamins like B6, B12, and others are necessary for sleep. The following foods are some of the most important to help you achieve your sleep goals.
- Nuts – help boost serotonin which aids in better sleep. They contain healthy fats according to org and a later-day snack of walnuts, almonds, cashews, or peanuts can be beneficial.
- Chamomille Tea – the herb in this tea helps promote sleep by reducing stress and anxiety and supports the immune system as well as outlined by the National Library of Medicine.
- Omega 3-rich foods – fish is rich in omega-3 fats and fishes with high-fat content like mackerel, salmon, trout, tuna, swordfish, and anchovies are high in Vitamin D which can make you fall asleep faster and generally improve your sleep quality.
- Food rich in magnesium – bananas are known for their high content of magnesium but avocados, leafy greens, black beans, and legumes also can be good for a late-night snack for better sleep.
- Whole grains and complex carbs – high-fiber carbs like rice, whole-grain bread, and cereal at dinner are known to induce sleep but it’s best to avoid the simple carbs found in white bread, pasta, cakes, and pastries.
These are just a few of the foods that help you sleep well and common sense tells you that if you eat well and healthy your sleep will benefit too.