Regular readers know that stress affects our skin. When we are stressed, sleep can be difficult, disturbed or we can’t get to sleep at all! Try these sleep-inducing foods when you’re too stressed to nod off. Lorraine Perretta the Head of Nutrition at the Advanced Nutrition Programme, which we stock at Ginger Tree has shared these nutrition nuggets with us.
TURKEY: contains the amino acid tryptophan, which increases the production of the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. Tryptophan can take an hour to take effect, so plan night time snacks accordingly.
NUTS & SEEDS: These contain tryptophan as well as calcium which promotes melatonin. Snack on these during the day or include them in your evening meal.
FRUIT: The sleep-including effects of certain fruits such as kiwis, raspberries, goji berries, tomatoes and tart cherries is thought to be down to their melatonin content, a brain chemical that helps regulate your sleep cycle. Bananas, pineapples and oranges are also great sources.
CHAMOMILE TEA: The calming effects of this herbal tea are well known. It’s a rich source of apigenin, an antioxidant that binds to certain receptors in yoour brain that may promote sleepiness and reduce insomnia.
ALMONDS: These provide a solid dose of magnesium, promoting sleep and muscle relaxation.
COMPLEX CARBS: Skip the white bread, refined pasta and sugary, baked goods as their de-stablizing effect on blood sugar can impair sleep. Wholegrains such as oatmeal or wholemeal bread with nut butter are all great alternative choices.