Dessert

Delicious foods that help you get better sleep

Kick your tiredness to the kerb for your best sleep yet thanks to these five snooze-boosting foods. Now, just count to one, two... Zzz...

There are many reasons why you might be kept awake at night. Perhaps you’re stressed? Maybe your legs are restless? Your neighbours’ dog won’t stop barking. Or maybe, your brain just won’t switch off.

Unfortunately, we can’t silence that barking dog for you (sorry about that!), but we can help you make informed dietary choices to help you have a better sleep.

Here are five good-for-you foods that will help you catch some well-deserved sleep.

Little cinnamon banana tarte tatins

Bananas

Bananas are packed with magnesium and potassium, two minerals that promote muscle relaxation. If your sleep is often disturbed by restless legs and muscular cramps, try eating a banana before bed, or perhaps if you’re feeling cheeky, try these little cinnamon banana tarte tatins.

easy chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk.

Milk

Dairy products like milk, cheeses and butter and are rich calcium; this is needed to aid the body’s natural production of melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

Hmm… does anyone else suddenly feel like milk and chocolate chip cookies?

Jerk salmon with yoghurt potatoes

Jerk salmon with yoghurt potatoes

Fish

Some seafoods like salmon and tuna are high in tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that helps bring about that sleepy feeling. But in order for the brain to produce this chemical reaction, it firsts needs carbohydrates. So, if you’re thinking about making a delicious fish dinner this week, make sure to team it with some carbs.

The next recipe on our to-cook list? This jerk salmon with yoghurt potatoes.

hummus

Homemade hummus is a tasty way to load up on the nutritious benefits of chickpeas.

Chickpeas

Chickpeas are not only rich in tryptophan, but also contain plenty of folate and vitamin B6. Folate helps to regulate the bodies sleeping patterns, while vitamin B6 is needed by the body in the production of melatonin.

Make your midnight snack some beetroot hummus with kumara crisps.

Cherry and walnut smoothie

Cherry and walnut smoothie

Walnuts

In addition to being a great source of melatonin, this crunchy snack helps the body respond better to daily stresses, which, we all know, can keep us up at night.

Try this cherry and walnut smoothie on those hot summer nights before bedtime.

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