Did you sleep well last night? Or, have you always found it difficult to fall asleep? If you’re wanting a deep relaxing sleep, then, it may simply come down to the foods that we eat and the drinks that we drink. But, why and how? If you did not already know, serotonin and melatonin are huge players in controlling our sleep cycles. And, these hormones are boosted by levels of tryptophan, an essential protein for ultimate health and SLEEP! In addition to eliminating high sugar foods and caffeine, eat and drink the following foods for a deep sleep to heal and recover your mind, body and spirit!
1. Sliced Banana and Peanut Butter
Eating banana before bedtime?! Bananas have gotten a reputation as such a breakfast food that people rarely think to eat them in the evening. Well, eating banana in the evening might just help you get a great sleep. Your melatonin levels will be boosted by the levels of tryptophan and your muscles will be relaxed by the high levels of potassium and magnesium in the bananas! Add the bit of peanut butter which will provide you protein that helps to make you sleepy!
2. Popcorn Sprinkled with Cinnamon
Low sugar and low fat popcorn is one of the best foods to eat for increasing serotonin levels and making our bodies all relaxed. And, flavoring your popcorn with cinnamon as opposed to sugar will keep the calorie count low as well as smelling and tasting irresistible!
3. A Protein Shake
Go crazy with protein by drinking a protein shake at night time. Plus, the digestion of protein causes your body to burn extra calories! But, be mindful of the amount of sugar and carbohydrates that are present in your protein shake. At DiGG we love the Sunwarrior Raw Vegan Protein Shake – it feels comfortable to digest, low in calories and carbohydrates, high in protein, easy to mix and tastes great too!
4. Organic Greek Yoghurt Topped with Cherries
Studies have found that cherries are amazing for our beauty sleep as they promote the natural supply of melatonin in the body! Throw in a few cherries on to your greek yoghurt and enjoy a peaceful night of rest!
5. Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seed pudding is divine – and, it tastes amazing and is also high in that all-important protein too! Combine 1 cup of almond milk with 5 tbsp of chia seeds and soak in the fridge for at least 5 hours. You can flavor your chia seed pudding with sleep inducing ingredients like cherries, berries, nuts or cinnamon!
You may also want to have a little read of our 10 Foods to Help You Sleep post for more information on getting the right sleep.
Eat right and sleep tight!