Can’t sleep? Nutritionist says sleeplessness could be linked to the food you ate during dinner.
Our body needs enough sleep to be able to have the energy to accomplish our daily activities.
If your iPhone needs charging, so does your body. But there are nights — despite a tiring, long day — when it is difficult for us to fall into slumber.
A New York-based nutritionist suggests that sleeplessness could be caused by the last thing you ate before you went to bed.
“Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic food that puts you into a dream state but there are foods that won’t interfere with sleep patterns,” Jessica Katz, R.D. told Vogue.
One of the things that could prevent you from dozing off is acid reflux, which usually happens when you lie down right after eating. Dr. Katz recommended eating two hours before getting to bed to avoid this.
Aside from that, foods packed with high levels of tryptophan and magnesium should constitute your evening meal.
Tryptophan is an amino acid that helps secrete sleep-inducing hormones such as serotonin and melatonin.
Bananas, whole grains, chia seeds, walnuts, and avocados are just among of the best sources of tryptophan and magnesium, which relaxes muscles to achieve a good night’s sleep.
And that childhood mantra of drinking warm milk before bed? That’s back up by science,too.
Milk contains trytophan, which contributes to a fulfilling sleep, this is because of the calcium found in milk.
However, light sleepers might have to ease up on dairy because they can mess up your stomach, Katz said.
Green, leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, collard, and mustard greens can be an alternative source of calcium and folate, according to Reader’s Digest.
Vitamin B6 found in fish such as tuna, halibut, salmon, and on chickpeas, raw garlic and pistachio nuts can also be incorporated into the diet.
Adding to the list of options are cherries, and eggs. Hard-boiled eggs and cherry juice could be consumed in case you feel hungry in the middle of the night.
But skip foods that could lead you to binge eat because late nights are not for indulgent foods but for satisfying ones. Portion control and healthy choices are key to a good night’s sleep.