I think I have suffered from every type of sleep ailment: can’t fall asleep, can’t stay asleep, wake too early… I’m sure this resonates with a lot of you. So I was delighted to see an article on Huffington Post that lists 10 superfoods that could help me achieve a more restful sleep!!
I feel like I should try them all tomorrow 😉
When we think about the main things that keep us healthy, like nutrition, sleep and exercise, it’s easy to envision them as parallel highways, with what we do in one lane having little effect on another.
But as scientists continue learning about the complex biological processes that keep us running, it’s becoming clear that these roads to health are far more intertwined than we may realize.
Nutrition and sleep are both hot areas of research right now, and recent studies have found that what we eat affects how we sleep, and that in turn, how we sleep can affect what we eat. Clear links between certain foods and nutrients and sleep quality exist, and knowing which foods to include in your diet may help you get better rest.
Eat These Superfoods for Better Sleep
First, let’s take a look at at some of the important research regarding sleep and nutrition, and then we’ll cover the top superfoods that support healthy rest.
A recent, large-scale Pennsylvania University study found that people whose diets were low in nutrients like alpha carotene, selenium, lauric acid and calcium were more likely to have difficulty falling asleep. Diets low in vitamin D, butanoic acid, lauric acid, and lycopene were associated with difficulty staying asleep.
Researchers also linked diets low in calories, carbohydrates, vitamin C, potassium, and plain water with sleep troubles.
Other research has established that melatonin is how our bodies regulate sleep, and that food sources of melatonin and its precursors can have some effect on rest. Other minerals like magnesium and zinc have also been found important for healthy rest.
We’ve compiled some of the most nutrient-dense superfoods — all rich sources of nutrients scientifically proven to offer more restful sleep. See what you should add to your diet for sweeter dreams.
Read on for what they are!