By Ellie Guinness
What we eat effects many facets of our life from physical health, emotions, mental health and of course sleep. Here are three foods that should be incorporated into your diet if you are struggling with your sleep.
Salmon and other fatty, cold-water fish are excellent sources of both vitamin D and omega 3s, these nutrients help you sleep by regulating serotonin levels. Adequate levels of Vitamin D is required to help your body produce serotonin while omega 3 ensures that that serotonin can be used properly. The right levels of serotonin is required to help you get to sleep & get enough REM sleep (see here).
Kiwis are said to be the super food for sleep. This is because they are very high in serotonin and antioxidants. In a study conducted by Taiwan’s Taipei Medical University, it was found that eating two kiwis before bed was linked to substantial improvements to both sleep quality and sleep quantity. On average they found that trial participants, after one month of eating two kiwifruits per night, increased their sleep duration by over an hour.
Cherries are nature's best source of melatonin. Melatonin is a neurohormone that is also produced by your body which is responsible for controlling sleep patterns. As fresh cherries are not available all year round, tart cherry juice is a great source of melatonin. Other fruits that contain melatonin include bananas, pineapple, and oranges.