5 Foods To Help You Sleep Better
What are the best foods to eat for a good night's sleep?
Getting a good night's sleep is essential for our overall health and well-being, which is why I created Celestial Calm. But did you know that certain foods can actually help you sleep better?
If you're struggling to get enough restful sleep, you may want to consider adjusting your diet. Certain foods can help promote better sleep by regulating sleep hormones and providing essential nutrients.
Incorporating these sleep-friendly foods into your diet (or even incorporating them into your nightly tea ritual) can promote a more restful and rejuvenating slumber - helping you fall & stay asleep through the night.
Here are five foods that can help promote better sleep:
1. Cashews: The Sleep-Boosting Nut
Cashews are not only delicious but also a great source of tryptophan, an amino acid that helps increase the production of serotonin and melatonin in the brain. These neurotransmitters play a crucial role in regulating sleep-wake cycles.
Cashews are also a great source of magnesium, which is known to improve sleep quality. Magnesium helps to relax muscles and calm the nervous system, making it easier to fall asleep. Additionally, cashews contain protein and healthy fats that can help stabilize blood sugar levels throughout the night, helping to prevent disruptions during sleep.
Snacking on a handful of cashews before bed can help you relax and fall asleep faster.
DESPIERTA Tip: Why not try blending your Celestial Calm with CASHEW milk tonight? (If you can't find any locally, try making your own at home - it's simple AND delicious!) This will help amplify the magic and benefits, gently rocking your body, mind & Soul into a deep, sweet slumber✨💜🦋
2. Pineapple: The Tropical Sleep Aid
Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that has been found to reduce inflammation and promote relaxation. Additionally, pineapple is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system and improve sleep quality. Enjoying a small serving of pineapple as a bedtime snack can contribute to a more peaceful sleep.
3. Tart Cherries
Tart cherries, particularly Montmorency cherries, are rich in melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. Consuming tart cherry juice or whole cherries can increase melatonin levels in the body, promoting better sleep quality. Studies have shown that drinking tart cherry juice can improve sleep duration and reduce insomnia symptoms.
Oats are a good source of complex carbohydrates, which can increase the production of serotonin. Serotonin is converted into melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. Including oats in your evening meal or as a bedtime snack can promote better sleep.
DESPIERTA Tip: You can also try Celestial Calm with warm OAT milk. (If you can't find any locally, try making your own at home - it's simple AND delicious!) This will help amplify the magic and benefits, gently rocking your body, mind & Soul into a deep, sweet slumber✨💜🦋
5. Tea: The Soothing Bedtime Beverage
While not a food per se, tea is a popular herbal remedy for promoting relaxation and sleep. Celestial Calm is the perfect blend for sleep as it contains numerous ingredients and botanicals that aid in promoting a restful sleep.
For example, lavender contains many antioxidants - including quercetin & apigenin, antioxidants that binds to certain receptors in the brain, reducing anxiety and initiating sleep. Sipping on a warm cup of Celestial Calm before bed can help calm your mind and prepare you for a peaceful slumber by creating a soothing effect, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
6. Bananas: The Natural Sleep Inducer
Bananas are a fantastic source of potassium and magnesium, both of which are known to relax muscles and promote sleep. They also contain vitamin B6, which helps convert tryptophan into serotonin, further enhancing sleep quality. Eating a banana before bed can help you unwind and prepare for a restful night.
DESPIERTA Tip: You can also try Celestial Calm mixed into a bowl of yogurt topped with bananas and cashews. (Try to keep it light, as you want to be able to digest before heading to bed, this will be key.) This will help amplify the magic and benefits, gently rocking your body, mind & Soul into a deep, sweet slumber✨💜🦋
Kiwis are not only delicious but also packed with sleep-promoting nutrients. They are a natural source of serotonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. Kiwis also contain antioxidants and vitamins C and E, which can help reduce inflammation and promote a healthy sleep cycle. Eating a kiwi before bed may help you fall asleep faster and improve sleep duration.
8. Fatty Fish
Fatty fish, such as salmon, trout, and sardines, are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats have been linked to numerous health benefits, including improved sleep. Omega-3 fatty acids can increase the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep. They also reduce inflammation, which can interfere with sleep. Including fatty fish in your diet may help you sleep more soundly. Remember this is something you can incorporate into your diet, not necessarily before bed.
*Always try to keep any heavy eating / heavier meals for earlier in the day, giving your body/vessel proper time to digest and eliminate waste prior to bed. This will help you sleep more soundly, avoid tossing & turning due to trying to digest, and be more prepared for being lulled into a peaceful slumber as you get into bed.*
Remember, incorporating these sleep-friendly foods into your diet is just one piece of the puzzle towards improving your sleep. It's also important to maintain a consistent sleep schedule, create a relaxing bedtime routine, and ensure your sleep environment is comfortable and conducive to sleep.
By making these lifestyle adjustments and enjoying sleep-enhancing foods like cashews and pineapple, you'll be well on your way to a better night's sleep.
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