The secret to a great night's sleep

How to have sweet dreams... 8 foods that make you sleepy

What helps a good night's sleep?

Eating plenty of dark chocolate could be the key to a good night's sleep according to a recent study in today's Daily Express.

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Challenging research that all chocolate is a sleep no-no. The study by researchers at Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities claims the delicious coco treat is no longer keeping us awake at night.

Did you know? Dark Chocolate is rich in magnesium which is an essential mineral that keeps body clocks running on time. It helps keep immune systems healthy, prevents some cancers and cuts the risk of heart attacks! 

Catching up on your sleep may be as easy as tweaking your diet. While you are munching on the dark chocolate, we found 8 more sleep inducing foods to help you slip into a food coma.

1. Be nutty with Almonds...
Just a handful of Almonds and you will be dozing off in no time. Almonds contain tryptophan and magnesium, which both help to naturally reduce muscle and nerve function while also steadying your heart rhythm. 

2. Swap sugar for Honey…
Honey contains glucose, which tells your brain to shut off orexin - the chemical known to trigger alertness.

3. Put a Cherry on the top…
The best way to get a good night's sleep is to increase you melatonin intake. Cherries along with nuts and oars are natural sources of melatonin and can help to regulate your sleep cycle.

4. Go Bananas…
The magnesium and potassium in bananas serve as muscle and nerve relaxants. The vitamin B6 found in the fruit also converts tryptophan into serotonin, increasing relaxation even more.

5. Time to go cold Turkey?…
The battle of the turkey is still being fought, some sleep experts say it has no effect on sleep and the Christmas food coma is caused by the amount of food you eat, not the bird itself. However turkey does contain tryptophan which gets metabolised into serotonin and melatonin - two of the main chemicals responsible for making us snoozy!

6. Swap your builders brew for a cup of herbal tea…
Tea have tons of sleep-promoting properties. Top ones to lull you to sleep include chamomile, passionflower hops, and lemon balm.

7. Snack on Hummus…
Hummus is another great source of tryptophan. If you find you often wake up in the middle of the night hungry, munch on hummus during the day to stop it. 

8. A simple slice of whole grain bread…
Carbs are your best friend and your worst enemy. Simple carbs like soda are great for a quick energy boost because they are quickly digested. Carbs like whole grains tend to spike the blood glucose levels, once the glucose level drops back down you will have an energy crash. This is why carbs are great for working out but make you sleepy if you have a huge lunch!

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