Recently, sleep nutrition has become a very popular topic: what types of foods help with sleep, what we should change in our diet to aid sleep, and proper times to eat them. It’s for good reason why sleep nutrition is being talked about because, at the end of the day (literally), that’s how we grow and recover our muscles. So why not maximize that to our full potential?
Everyone is different. Are you a late night snacker but don't like to live with the guilt? Do you toss and turn at night wondering if you’ll ever fall asleep? Or maybe you do not have trouble sleeping but just want a better quality of sleep? We have a small and simple solution for you: alter what you are eating before bed.
Some foods have unique abilities to help you fall asleep faster and not upset your stomach. Here are the light snack options:
Almonds contain melatonin, a hormone that regulates our sleep/wake cycle, and magnesium, a mineral that regulates muscle and nerve function. With that combo, a handful of almonds are perfect to cure the before bed hungry feeling.
Kiwi is one of, if not, the best superfood. It is jam packed with many vitamins and minerals that are hard to get on a regular diet. This awesome fruit is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and serotonin, which is known for making you happy. You can even eat the peel, where the most nutrients is found. One kiwi and a handful of almonds is a great pre-bed snack.
3. Turkey Meat
Due to the high content of protein and tryptophan (amino acid), this meat will help you fall asleep faster. Your body uses tryptophan and turns it into a B vitamin called niacin. Niacin plays a key role in creating serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to help regulate mood and social behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire. Tryptophan is also associated with melatonin, which helps you sleep. Do you ever wonder why you get so tired after eating turkey on Thanksgiving? Makes more sense now, huh?
These are three great options not only because they will help you sleep. They are also great because they are lighter foods that don’t equate to a lot of calories. These snacks can leave you guiltless, full, and sleepy. Have anymore questions on how, what, and when to eat before bed? Email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us.
Happy bedtime eating!