Our bodies are delicate machines and food is our fuel. Sugary foods like fruit and sweets can rev up our motor and give us a boost of energy. Other foods can help us relax and go to sleep. Establishing a regular bedtime routine also promotes good sleeping habits. Combining the two is a good way to make sure you and your children get the nighttime rest you need.
Here are 8 foods that can help you get to sleep. Snack on one of these healthy foods while watching the Nighty Night video and you’ll soon be slumbering.
- A warm cup of milk or cocoa. Go easy on the chocolate though as it’s a stimulant.
- A turkey sandwich. The tryptophan in turkey encourages sleepiness.
- Bowl of oatmeal or whole grain cereal. The extra carbohydrates increase lethargy.
- A scrambled egg or fried egg sandwich. Eggs contain serotonin and melatonin, both of which make us sleepy.
- Salmon sushi or sliced salmon on crackers. Like eggs, salmon contains large quantities of serotonin and melatonin.
- A banana. The magnesium in bananas helps muscles relax.
- A cup of chamomile tea. An old remedy, the herb chamomile aids relaxation and is a natural treatment for insomnia and stomach upsets.
- Add a teaspoon of honey to your chamomile tea or bowl of oatmeal. The sugar in honey is a stimulant, so limit honey at bedtime to a teaspoon.