If you struggle to fall asleep or suffer from insomnia, you will know it is hell on earth to lie awake, exhausted, but un-able to drift off.
But, there are things you can do to help. Starting with what you consume before bedtime.
And frankly, anything that involves eating sounds good to us.
Weirdly the foods that take the top spots, all sound a lot like breakfast foods. But we are committed and willing to eat two breakfasts a day. That’s fine.
Why? Our childhood comforts were true all along. A glass of warm milk is the perfect way to help you drift off. Milk is rich in the amino acid tryptophan which contains the brain calming chemical serotonin to make you feel sleepy.
Why? This also contains the amino acid tryptophan as well as calcium which is known to be an effective stress-reliever as it stabilise the nerve fibres in your brain which respond to stress.
Why? Our super-nutritious yellow friend contains potassium and magnesium which both have a relaxing effect on the mind and body.
Why? Oats are also rich in tryptophan but also contain vitamin B-6 and the natural sleep-aid melatonin. Oats can act as natures own sedative.
Why? Having something filling, nourishing and stabilising like an egg with help you to sleep the whole way through the night.
Why? A handful of nuts can be the ideal bedtime snack. Having a protein boost before bed can help your body keep a steady blood sugar level through the night so no tossing and turning with hunger pangs for you.
Why? If you’re the kind who needs a sweet treat before bed, try honey instead of sugar. The good stuff contains tryptophan and has a calming effect to your mind and body.
What else can you do?
As well as eating right, there are a few things to consider to help your slumber.
First up, the big one, unwind.
De-wire yourself from screens and technology at least and hour before bed and let your mind calm down. Try and warm bath. It’s also a good idea to drink a cup of chamomile tea which is also sleep-inducing.
Avoid caffeine and stimulants such as sugar, obviously.