Foods to help you sleep

Walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which interacts positively with melatonin the substance which helps us get to sleep.

Almonds are rich in magnesium, a mineral needed for quality sleep. A study published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine found that when the body’s magnesium levels are too low, it makes it harder to stay asleep.

Calcium (found in cheese, yogurt, milk) helps the brain use the tryptophan found in dairy products to manufacture sleep-triggering melatonin. Additionally, calcium helps regulate muscle movements.

Camomile tea might also help you get to sleep. According to researchers, a substance in chamomile can act like a mild sedative.

An Australian study found that drinking a cup of passionfruit tea one hour before bed helped people sleep more soundly. Researchers believe that Harman alkaloids—chemicals found in high levels in the flower—act on your nervous system to make you tired.

A spoonful of honey mixed with chamomile tea may also help with a restful night’s sleep.

Find out more about helpful tips on getting a good night’s sleep:

Ngan A. & Conduit R.“ (2011). A double-blind, placebo-controlled investigation of the effects of Passiflora incarnata (passionflower) herbal tea on subjective sleep quality” Phytotherapy Research 2011 Aug; 25(8):1153-9.