I'm a bit of a nightmare for playing on my phone, laptop, desktop, iPad (and anything else thats lights up) right until bedtime. It's not a good idea, given that the stimulation makes it difficult for your brain to switch off when you close your eyes. You need at least 30 minutes of chill-time before bed so that you can drift off quickly when the time comes. You can also pay closer attention to your diet - these 5 foods will help you fall asleep naturally. Bring on those Zzz's.
These nuts are not only full of protein, but provide a solid dose of magnesium which helps to promote sleep and muscle relaxation. Enjoy a small handful after dinner or as part of your evening meal and feel ready to wind-down come bed time.
They contain the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan, which ultimately turns into serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation. While they make an amazing one-ingredient ice-cream
, they do contain plenty of natural sugar, so enjoy responsibly!
One of my favourite foods of all time, Salmon boasts a healthy amount of vitamin B6 which is needed to make melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleepiness. Try my recipe for Crispy Skin Salmon
, or just enjoy a few slices of the smoked stuff of your dinner. Delicious.
They’re one of the only natural sources of melatonin, so enjoy a handful for dessert. If fresh ones aren’t in season, you can often find them in the frozen isle, or opt for a small glass of 100% cherry juice.
Did you know a diet lacking in calcium can cause difficulties in falling to sleep? While dairy products are well-known calcium-rich foods, you can also get a great dose from dark green leafy vegetables like kale. If kale makes you want to run in fear, broccoli is just as awesome.
Don't forget sleep is an amazing healer - it helps your body recover from exercise and leaves you fighting fit, ready to attack it again the next day. Aim for 8 hours a night.
If all else fails, relaxing music, candles and a delicious cup of herbal tea is sure to knock you out.