Sleep loss can lead to increased stress and also to health problems. Do you have trouble falling asleep? Or do you wake up often during the night? No worries! You are not alone. More than 60% of adults in the USA also suffer from sleeping problems. Adequate sleep, a balanced diet and regular exercise are very important for a healthy lifestyle. The Love Squad have issues like that also.
So please girls, before turning to pills to help you sleep, you should give the following four foods a chance. When eaten in the evening, they can help you fall asleep easier and ensure a night of deep, restful slumber. We’ve tried it! It really works.
1. This is bananas!
Try drinking a glass of homemade banana milk before bedtime. The milk contains casein, a slow-release protein, which is also known as the “night-time protein” because it provides your body with protein for hours and prevents muscle loss while you sleep. Bananas’ high potassium content can also help with calf cramps during the night. Plus, the fruit is packed with magnesium which is important for muscle relaxation and thus deeper sleep.
2. Herbal tea
Of course! We all know that herbal tea is supposed to help you sleep. But what kinds are best for making you sleepy? Chamomile tea has long been used to treat sleeping disorders. Researchers believe that its soothing effect is probably due to the flavonoid apigenin, a secondary metabolite. Lavender, valerian and mint teas are also known to relax the body.
3. Cherry, cherry lady
Surprise, surprise: Cherries are the new super food. The red beauties make for good bedtime treats. Drinking 1 glass (250ml/ 16oz) of cherry juice before bed can increase the melatonin levels in your blood. This then improves the quality of your sleep. You can try fresh cherries as well. If the seasonal fruit is not available, then just snack on some dried cherries between meals.
4. (Sweet) potatoes
Potatoes and sweet potatoes are not only valuable sources of complex carbohydrates, but they are also rich in potassium. This mineral can help you relax in the evening, thus improving the quality of your sleep. Plus, there’s nothing better than homemade fries: Wash and dry the potatoes thoroughly. Then cut them into wedges, toss them in olive oil and spices and bake them in the oven for at least 30 minutes.