We’ve all been there: you take a long and relaxing bath, put on some music, turn on your essential oil diffuser that you received for Christmas, and tuck yourself in bed. But the bath, music, and relaxing scent of the essential oil does not seem to keep your mind off the long meeting that you’d be having the next morning. “Did I click save on the PowerPoint presentation deck this afternoon?” “Have I rehearsed my presentation?” These thoughts flood your mind as you toss and turn in bed.
If all these sound familiar to you, perhaps it is time you look at ways to help you improve the quality of your sleep. Lucky for us, there are some foods out there that are said to help you sleep better at night. Read on to learn about the best foods to eat before bed to help improve the quality of your sleep!
Almonds are often associated with a whole host of health benefits. But did you know that they can help you to sleep better too? This is because almonds, along with a variety of other nuts, contain the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that controls the internal clock and tells your body that it’s time to sleep.
Almonds are also an excellent source of magnesium, which helps to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is known to interrupt sleep!
According to some studies, eating kiwi will help you sleep better. People who ate two kiwis one hour before bedtime fell asleep earlier, slept longer, and had improved sleep quality, according to a report.
It’s unclear why kiwis can aid sleep, but researchers suspect it has something to do with their antioxidant properties, ability to treat folate deficiencies, and/or high serotonin concentration.
3. Fatty fish
A study conducted by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medication investigated the effects of eating fatty fish on quality of sleep and found that those who ate 10.5 ounces of Atlantic salmon three times a week for six months fell asleep about 10 minutes faster than those who didn’t eat fish!
This is because the Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D that are found in fatty fish including salmon, herring, and sardines, are essential for the control of serotonin, which controls sleep!
Eat your way to better sleep
Having trouble sleeping? Grab that grocery list of yours and write down almonds, kiwis, and fatty fish! Try it and let us know down below if any of these worked for you!