Many of us struggle with getting a good night’s sleep, yet it is one of the most important things for we can do, not only for our gut health but for our overall health and wellbeing.
The quality of our diet and intake of specific nutrients can impact regulatory hormonal pathways and alter sleep quality and quantity.
Below are 5 helpful Food Tips for ensuring a Good Night sleep.
Ensure your evening meal is a balanced, containing Carbohydrate, Protein, Vegetables and Healthy Fats. All these components in a balanced meal will lower the GI (glycaemic index) which means a slower release of energy, promoting restfulness
Include a Protein source at bedtime which contains the amino acid Tryptophan. This amino acid is a precursor to the sleep-regulating hormone serotonin plays an important relationship between diet and sleep. High tryptophan foods include chicken, turkey, red meat, pork, fish, tofu, beans, nuts, seeds and eggs.
Eat your Kiwis. Numerous studies have revealed that kiwifruit contain medicinally useful compounds such as rich antioxidants and serotonin which could be beneficial in promoting sleep. Additionally, these fibre rich green goodies are great for gut health with a recent study revealing they assisted with increasing stool frequency.
Avoid caffeinated beverages close to bedtime. Caffeine is a stimulant which can mean it keeps you awake! To make sure your sleep isn’t disturbed drink decaffeinated beverages in the afternoon to ensure your sleep isn’t disrupted.
Include a portion of Nuts. Magnesium, zinc and selenium have all been linked to promoting sleep with nuts contain a combination of these, including boosting melatonin post eating. Eat a small handful of nuts of in the evening, switching between different types of nuts; Brazil nuts, Pistachios, Macadamia, Walnuts, Almonds and Cashew’s all of which contain varying ratios of these minerals linked to promoting sleep! Once again, nuts are rich in fibre and promote gut health.
And that’s our top 5 foods tips for a better night’s sleep! But, if you’re still searching for something to really help you drift off, why not give Aguulp for Sleep a Try? It’s Packed full of soothing plant extracts and minerals such as Chamomile and Lemon Balm, and it even contains two of the ingredients mentioned above! Pistachios and Amino Acid L-Tryptohan.