I have never been a deep sleeper. When I was in college, I would frequently wake up several times during the night and be unable to fall back to sleep. Even now, it can sometimes be hard for me to fall asleep. To top it off, I snore and have sleep apnea, which drives my husband crazy and causes me to wake up in the middle of the night. I found that getting a good anti-snoring product like Good Morning Snore Solution or zQuiet helps me quit snoring and sleep better, but I still frequently struggle with insomnia. The sleep apnea site can help you find a good solution for you, although I recommend consulting a doctor.
Fortunately, eating a healthy diet can help you sleep better. If you are tired of waking up in the middle of the night, be sure to add these foods to your diet:
1. Chamomile tea – A nice cup of chamomile tea before bedtime can be a relaxing ritual. It contains natural sedatives, and is naturally caffeine-free. This should go without saying, but if you’re going to drink tea before bedtime, make sure that it’s caffeine-free or it’s going to have the opposite effect.
2. Eggs – Generally I’m not a fan of high-protein foods before bed, because protein is harder for your body to digest than fat or carbs. However, eggs are the one exception. According to WebMD, eggs contain tryptophan, which makes you drowsy. Personally I like to have a hard-boiled egg about an hour before I go to bed, so that the tryptophan will take effect at just the right time.
3. Kale – Is there anything that kale can’t do? It’s truly a miracle food, because it seems to pop up on every list of “best foods for” whatever. Kale has a lot of calcium, which can help you fall asleep. If you’re going to eat just one green vegetable before bed, make it kale.
4. Yogurt – Yogurt works for the same reason that kale does: it’s rich in calcium. Any dairy product will do the job, but yogurt is best. If you don’t like yogurt, a glass of milk will do the job too.
5. Bananas – Bananas are rich in Vitamin B6, which helps your body product melatonin. Melatonin causes you to get sleepy. It’s important to note that bananas are a slow-acting sleep aid. Don’t eat them just before bed with the expectation that they’ll help you immediately. Instead, you should regularly incorporate them into your diet so that you sleep better in the long term.
6. Cherries – Cherries (along with bananas) are the best fruits for sleep. Cherries are a natural source of melatonin. Much like bananas, cherries are a long-term solution rather than a quick fix. You should make them a staple of your diet to improve your long-term quality of sleep.
Another great thing is that the last four foods on this list all go great together. You can make a green smoothie consisting of kale, yogurt, bananas, and cherries in the evening. Not only is it delicious, but it contains a lot of nutrients and will improve your sleep!