It’s been said many times before, but the foods that we eat (or don’t eat) have a huge influence on our health.
You can easily sleep better by making a few changes to your diet:
Peanuts. If you have difficulty falling asleep, eat more peanuts or natural peanut butter. A rich source of niacin, peanuts help to increase the release of serotonin (which makes us sleepy).
Cherries. Cherries are one of the few natural foods to contain melatonin (which controls our body clock). One study found that drinking tart cherry juice resulted in improved sleep quality and duration.
Dark Chocolate. Dark chocolate helps to relax your body and mind. But make sure you stick to dark, as milk chocolate contains tyrosine, which converts into dopamine and acts as a stimulant.
Avoid: Alcohol. Any kind of alcohol is bad for your sleep. One study found that mixing a single glass of vodka with caffeine-free soda at bedtime increased the amount of time women spent awake during the night by 15 minutes.