We all know that your diet is important for your health. In the same way, what you eat can also affect your sleep. Some foods help your body increase its production of melatonin, the hormone regulating your sleep/wake patterns. Your body naturally increases melatonin production at bedtime to help you sleep, while tapering it off in the morning when you are ready to wake up. Important foods for good sleep are therefore those high in naturally occurring melatonin, such as almonds and other nuts, as well as broccoli, olives and grapes. Calcium is an important mineral that helps the brain to produce melatonin, and thus calcium-rich foods are also good for sleep. Such good sleep foods include milk, yogurt and fortified orange juice. Magnesium rich foods such as bananas, avocados and fatty fish are also good sleep foods. Magnesium is a natural relaxant and deactivates adrenaline, making it key to good sleep. For more foods to help you sleep well, see the infographic below.
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