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Nutrition and sleep

We know that getting the right amount of sleep can be integral to your wellbeing, we also know the benefits of proper healthy nutrition on our wellbeing. However, few people realise the link between nutrition and sleep (apart from the idea that cheese will give you vivid dreams!).

Ensuring you engage in the right nutrition before going to bed can improve sleep quality as well as affect sleep latency (the amount of time it takes to fall asleep).

Food that Hinders Sleep

When it comes to sleeping or falling asleep, we actually help this by:

Food that Helps Sleep

When it comes to sleeping or falling asleep, we can actually help this by:

1. Eating high glycemic index foods and tryptophan-rich proteins which both promote falling asleep and sleep quality such as milk, turkey, fish, eggs, pumpkin seeds, beans, peanuts, cheese and leafy green veg.

2. Drinking tart cherry juice can also decrease the time needed to fall asleep and increase sleep duration by promoting the synthesis of melatonin.

3. Eating kiwi fruit, which contains a range of nutrients which promote sleep like serotonin, vitamins C & E (which are both antioxidants) and folate (insomnia is associated with folate deficiency).

Tips for sleeping

A final Thought

Nutrition can play an integral role in your ability to fall asleep and also the quality of your sleep. When it comes to your well-being, all small steps can pay off dividends. Sleep and nutrition can play individual yet related roles to how you feel so make sure to consider them in your overall wellbeing habits and practices.