Can’t sleep? Add these foods to your diet and say enjoy better shut-eye tonight!
These are a good source of tryptophan, which increases the brain’s level of serotonin. Make a broccoli soup by blitzing steamed broccoli with a little water or stock. Season and serve scattered with toasted flaked almonds on top.
Alongside providing you with a healthy dose of serotonin and melatonin, bananas are rich in muscle-relaxing magnesium. Mashed bananas on wholemeal toast provide a quick, tasty snack. Scatter some toasted hazelnuts for a bit of crunch.
It helps trigger insulin productions in the body, which raises your blood sugar and, in turn, makes you feel drowsy. Make a bowl of porridge packed with blueberries and bananas, and spoon a bit of low-fat yogurt on top.
Calcium also helps the brain use tryptophan in more productive ways, creating melatonin faster. Make yourself a healthy milkshake by blending a cup of frozen forest fruits, a few drops of vanilla extract and some skimmed milk.
5. Sweet Potatoes
These are naturally high in complex carbohydrates, which can increase the production of serotonin in the body. Bake sweet potatoes whole in the oven and serve with a spoonful of low-fat cream cheese and finely sliced spring onions and chillies.