Sleep is crucial for your overall health. While there are many factors that can lead to a good night’s rest, food can be one of them. Certain nutrients and antioxidants can help you fall asleep faster and improve the sleep that you get. Here are some foods and drinks you can enjoy 2-3 hours before bed that may help:
😴 Tart Cherry Juice
Tart cherry juice can contribute to sleepiness due to its somewhat high amounts of naturally-occurring melatonin.
😴 Fatty Fish
Fish such as tuna, salmon, trout, and mackerel contain a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D that may improve sleep quality and help you fall asleep faster.
Almonds are a good source of melatonin and also magnesium, which can help reduce inflammation and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This can lead to greater relaxation.
😴 Chamomile Tea
This herbal tea contains an antioxidant called apigenin that binds with receptors in your brain that may help induce sleep and improve sleep quality.
Among other nutrients, kiwis contain serotonin that can help stabilize your sleep cycle. Anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin C and antioxidant carotenoids may also help promote sleep.
The healthy fats, magnesium, and melatonin in walnuts may all help improve sleep quality.