Food, Eating, and Weight | 31 Oct 2019

Food and Sleep

So, all this month you’ve all heard me chatting away to you in so many posts about food and our mental health. Those of you that have been following my posts will also know that next month is all about sleep.

What better way to transition from one to the other than writing a blog all about food and sleep and how food can impact on our sleep?

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy learning a little bit more. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing all the research so that you don’t have to, and I’d like to thank you for joining me in this little food journey we’ve shared together.

What is melatonin?

Okay, let’s first talk about melatonin. Melatonin is what your body naturally begins to produce in the hours leading up to sleep time. It helps your body to relax and prepares it for a good night’s sleep.

Two things, the first, is that light emitted from our electronic devices can stop the production of melatonin. Secondly, we can also eat food that helps promote the production of serotonin.

The blossoming relationship between food and sleep

Did you all see my post about Pistachios? Wow did that explode and go viral! I wonder how many supermarkets have had a sudden stock shock on Pistachios this week? How many checkout staff have been chatted to about food and sleep?

Research shows that a handful of Pistachios contain the same amount of melatonin as supplement tablets. Proving to be a helpful route to sleeping better.

What else helps us to produce melatonin? Well, there’s actually quite a lot of foods that help boost our levels of melatonin have a search for low sugar and whole grain cereals to see what’s right for you. Before you know it you’ll have food and sleep down to a fine art.

Serotonin food and sleep

Did you know our happy hormone “serotonin” also helps relax us at night to give us a good night’s sleep? There’s a few serotonin inducing foods in the image here.

Calcium Food and sleep

Next up, let’s take a look at Calcium! Who knew calcium could be so effective for us at night? Even cheese!!

Calcium can really help us to reduce stress alongside stabilising nerve fibres throughout our body, even in our brain! In fact, it’s even seen as one of the best snacks to combine food and sleep!

Magnesium and Potassium Food and Sleep

Bananas are a good source of magnesium and potassium which both work on relaxing our muscles as well as containing another word I’ve gotten used to seeing recently called tryptophan. Tryptophan also helps with encouraging the production of melatonin and serotonin and is in all kinds of foods.

Using Food and sleep whilst being kind to you

Whilst food is a great source of support for your sleep production, you do need to ensure that you’re being kind to your body and your mind. There’s no use having something and then feeling guilty for having it two minutes later. So please do choose your snacks wisely, with your best interests at heart.

Is it just food and sleep that go hand in hand to get some good ZZZZZ’s?

Of course, it’s not just food that can help you sleep. This month I’ll be doing a tip every day across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, all about sleeping better.

Begin a day early by locating my YouTube channel and listening to one of my tracks to help you sleep tonight.

Struggling with insomnia? Check out my latest video testimonial from a happy client here. If you’d like to book in some sessions with me via video link or face to face, get in touch.