Sleep evades me some nights and come morning, there’s an epic battle between me and the alarm clock. Snooze control, is the game.
Luckily for you and I, just as there are foods that get your body ready for action, there are foods that help you sleep better. Picture it: no more nights spent tossing and turning in your sheets during the wee hours of the morning, especially when you have a big day ahead of you.
Even if you compensate for poor sleep with tons of caffeine and are too hyped up at bedtime, these foods can help quell that storm and get your body ready for sleep. Get ready to sleep like a log.
What is tryptophan ?
The body uses tryptophan to help make niacin and serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that is thought to promote healthier sleep and a stable mood.
In order for the body to change tryptophan into these two chemicals, your body needs enough:
• Iron – from beans, poultry, seafood, dark green leafy vegetables etc.
• Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) – from foods like almonds, oily fish, boiled eggs etc.
• Vitamin B6 – from dark green leafy vegetables, papayas, oranges, cantaloupe, beans, poultry etc.
Pro Tip: Don’t eat snacks at least 3 hours before you plan to go to bed; snacking late can interfere with sleep.