Eating the right food can play a big part in helping people to
Just as caffeine can disrupt a person's slumber, certain foods can
assist them in getting 40 winks. According to the Sleep Council - a
body seeking to raise awareness of the importance of a good night's
rest to health and wellbeing - dairy products such as yoghurt and
milk are good options.
As well as this, green leafy vegetables are rich in calcium -
which can reduce stress - while whole grain cereals have plenty of
carbohydrates. This in turn can lead to an increase in tryptophan
in the bloodstream - the amino acid used to make sleep-inducing
serotonin and melatonin.
Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council said: "Certain foods are
known to calm the brain and help promote sleep so eating the right
things before bedtime is definitely part of the recipe for a good
"While we don't recommend eating a big meal just before bedtime as
it can lead to discomfort and indigestion, some people find a
bedtime snack a helpful aid to sleep."
Ms Alexander went on to note anyone who is going to eat should
choose something that contains complex carbohydrates, protein and
Top chef Gurpareet Bains has come up with a recipe that he claims
will help individuals nod off. Nicknamed the 'Biryawni', the lamb
masala dish uses oil that has an intoxicating effect and nutmeg,
which has a psychoactive substance in it that aids sleep.
Speaking to the Daily Express, Mr Bains observed the dish makes
use of ingredients that have been used for a long time because of
their tranquilising properties. He has published a book called
Indian Superspices that is filled with recipes designed to fight
In terms of snacking, bananas are ideal as they are an excellent
source of magnesium and potassium and these substances are known to
relax overstressed muscles. Almonds will also work well, as they
promote sleep and relaxation.
Posted by Michael Ewing