Anyone who’s ever eaten a spicy Indian curry can attest to the power of food to disrupt a good nights’ sleep.
And while desserts and wine seem like a great idea at the time, there are definitely foods you want to avoid if you’re planning on getting your beauty rest.
Could your diet be responsible for those bags under your eyes?
Fancy some spaghetti bolognese? Yes please! How about a big slab of chocolate cake? Who doesn’t! Do you like food but it doesn’t like you? Story of our lives.
Eating the wrong kinds of food before you go to bed can wreak havoc on your digestive system. The symptoms can range from insomnia to irritable bowel syndrome and everything in between.
We all know the importance of a good nights’ sleep. While we are sleeping our bodies are working hard to recuperate from the day. Not only that, our skin cells rejuvenate and regenerate overnight. Because our hormone levels peak while we snooze, nasty free radicals are dissolved and our skin cells are repaired. If we are not getting enough sleep, we aren’t giving our bodies a chance to properly heal and refresh.
Apart from giving our bodies nourishment, the food and drinks we choose to eat can make you sleepy or give you an energy lift. According to the National Sleep Foundation, knowing how food and beverages affect the body can help keep you alert during the day and avoid the agony of sleeplessness at night.
But before you go assuming that all the yummy foods are banned, read on to discover 6 delicious foods that contain naturally occurring substances that induce a good nights’ rest.
Sleep inducing food # 1: Cherries
Cherries contain melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles.
Eating cherries regularly may help you get into a good sleep cycle.
Sleep inducing food # 2: Cheese and Biscuits
And you thought this was going to be boring! Who doesn’t love some cheese and crackers before bed?
Certain foods contain an amino acid called tryptophan that causes sleepiness. According to the National Sleep Foundation, proteins from the foods we eat are the building blocks of tryptophan and carbohydrates make tryptophan more available to the brain. So the best bedtime snack is one that contains both a carbohydrate and a protein like cheese and crackers or peanut butter on toast.
Sleep inducing food # 3: Bananas
No, we aren’t bananas but you should definitely eat some.
According to studies, not having enough magnesium in your diet can cause you to wake up at night. Foods rich in magnesium can help to reduce insomnia. Bananas are good source of magnesium and also contain the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan.
Sleep inducing food # 4: Dairy
Put down the ice cream and back away slowly. This does not give you permission to eat as many
Dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt also contain tryptophan. However it is the calcium content in dairy products that give them the leg up when it comes to sleep.
Calcium boosts melatonin levels and can also help to reduce stress levels and stabilise nerve fibers, especially those located in the brain. Research studies have found that a calcium deficiency can lead to poor sleep.
So, as it turns out there is something to the advice that you should have a cup of warm milk before bed.
Sleep inducing food # 5: Dark Chocolate
Yessssss! Not only is dark chocolate rich in antioxidants and nutrients, but research also suggested that the magnesium content present in dark chocolate, and other foods such as nuts and green leafy vegetables helps cells to cope in the body’s circadian rhythm.
We’re not sure it gives you a free pass to eat the whole block but we’re good with any excuse to eat more chocolate.
Sleep inducing food # 6: Jasmine Rice
Who hasn’t fallen asleep on the couch after a big carb loading session? But before you reach for that packet of chips, the carbs we are talking about are those found in jasmine rice.
A University of Sydney study found that a meal of jasmine rice four hours before bedtime may solve your insomnia problems. The study found that carbohydrates that quickly raise blood sugar (those with a high glycemic index) may hasten sleep and may also boost tryptophan and serotonin, two brain chemicals involved in sleep.
We’re pretty certain this doesn’t mean all carbs are back on the menu though.
And remember beauty rest = beautiful skin
As we discovered in our article, “Beatuy Sleep Is A Real Thing” lots of things happen to our bodies while we sleep.
Cortisol (a stress hormone) levels naturally decreases while we get shut eye, allowing our skin to regenerate and protect itself. It is also during this time that cortisol works to heal any acne breakouts. Also, human growth hormone stimulates new cell production, which in turn helps our skin maintain its collagen and elasticity – meaning youthful plumper skin with less fine lines and wrinkles, less dark eye circles and better skin hydration.
In short, failing to sleep it off means our skin shows increased signs of ageing.
Don’t let your diet get in the way of a good nights’ sleep. Avoid highly processed foods and beverages like coffee, cola and alcohol and try to include some foods into your diet which help induce sleep.
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