When you think about getting in shape you probably think about the two basics: diet and exercise.
But did you know that sleep plays a very important role in your body’s overall health? We know that getting quality sleep is hard. There are so many factors that play into it. You’re stressed, uncomfortable or just plain don’t have time to get a full night’s rest, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to get the best quality sleep possible.
In this list we’ve compiled four super foods that are meant to help regulate your body’s melatonin levels and help you get that restful sleep necessary to be the best you can be!
Bananas offer many benefits. Most people think of potassium when they are considering what nutrients this fruit has to offer, but few people know that they also contain high levels of magnesium and tryptophan. Together potassium and magnesium boosts the properties of the tryptophan which will help you fall asleep much quicker and easier than ever before!
Tart Cherry Juice
Cherry juice helps your body increase it production of melatonin, the natural chemical our bodies create to help us fall asleep and stay asleep. Studies have shown that those drinking “. . .1-2oz of tart cherry juice per day experienced a demonstrable increase in sleep efficiency as well as a 39 minute increase in average sleep duration.” This means that those minutes you spend restlessly tossing and turning can be cut down to over half and hour ensuring you get the sleep you really need.
Almonds aren’t only a great and healthy snack, but they also help you fall asleep. They naturally contain magnesium which helps your muscles relax, and we all know how difficult it can be sometimes just to get your body to unwind and let go so that you can sleep. They also keep your blood sugar levels stable while switching you from your ‘alert state’ to the ‘rest-and-digest’ cycle.
Late night cravings usually have us reaching for carbs, but what you body really needs is an adequate amount of protein to allow you to rest. Eggs will give you a steady level of energy to keep you asleep, and your stomach full throughout the night. Say buh-bye to those late night cravings and look forward to a full night sleep.