Everyone seems to be after a better night?s sleep. Sleep is so important to our bodies, our mind and our general wellbeing. However, it seems we place less value on sleep as we get older, only grabbing a few hours here and there, rather than dedicating a valuable amount of time to get in some much needed z?s. By getting better sleep, you can feel happier, healthier, and have more energy. It is also linked with lower stress levels which is another bonus.
There are many ways you can improve your sleep, with one idea being the food and drink you consume in the day, and how it can have a major effect on how you sleep at night.
Obvious changes like not having caffeine in the evening are things most people can do. However you might also want to take up eating different foods to help your sleeping life, like fruit. Good Housekeeping says there are plenty of foods which can help induce sleep. This includes fruits like prunes and plums. The nutrients in dried plums ? vitamin B6, calcium and magnesium, help make melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. This can mean you fall asleep deeper and faster when it comes to bedtime.
Fruitful Office list many benefits to many different fruits on their website. They say that fruit like oranges and satsumas contain Vitamin B1 which helps reduce stiffness and tiredness in the workplace. By working more productively in the day, you can more easily shut off at night.? They also say that bananas are a great snack to have throughout the day. They state that bananas contain trypotophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin – known to bring about an enlightening effect. This will help “non-morning people” make it through the first hours of the day. By getting up and active earlier in the morning, you can feel less groggy in the first part of the day and your body will be able to work off more energy. In doing this, you are effectively separating day and night ? night, a time for sleeping, and day, a time for working. Try keeping some of this fruit in the office on your desk, to encourage you to eat it rather than that usual bar of chocolate you normally reach for.
Other than eating more fruit throughout the day, you might want to watch what you eat and drink directly before bed. Milk is known for helping to induce sleep because it has a calming effect on the stomach. Perhaps it is also connected to when we were babies and milk would send us off to sleep. Throughout the day you?ll want to drink more water to help you detox and keep your digestive system ticking over nicely, but avoid this right before bed because it is likely to keep you up at night!