Eating tasty fruit before bed can help you fall asleep and boosts serotonin

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Laying awake at night tossing and turning can be frustrating when you’re trying to sleep – but there’s one tasty fruit that could help you to nod off easily according to experts

If you struggle to fall asleep at night, there may be a tasty remedy to help you drift off.

We all know there are certain things to avoid before bed in order to have an uninterrupted sleep such as caffeine, sugar and alcohol, but there’s one fruit before bed that could actually aid sleep.

We all have the hope to get eight hours each night, and there’s nothing more frustrating than laying in bed wide away, but experts have suggested having a banana can be the secret to nodding off. Those at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) have suggested this is because the fruit contains tryptophan – an amino acid that helps our bodies to produce serotonin and melatonin, as reported by The Express.

Sleep is crucial for our well-being as well as helping to improve attention and concentration as well as keeping our immune systems strong, so not getting enough increases the chances of becoming unwell. Echoing this, bananas are also a source of magnesium and potassium, which according to The Sleep Charity, can help “relax overstressed muscles” which makes them an ideal bedtime snack.

The Sleep Charity further explained: “They also contain all-important tryptophan to stimulate production of those key brain calming hormones. Eat whole or whizz into a sleep-inducing smoothie.

“Certain foods are known to calm the brain and help promote sleep so eating the right things in the evening is definitely part of the recipe for a good night’s kip. Research has found that certain nutrients may play an underlying role in short and long sleep duration,” and added: “The best snack is one that contains complex carbohydrates and protein to optimise tryptophan levels. Tryptophan is the amino acid that the body uses to make sleep-inducing serotonin and melatonin, the relaxing neurotransmitters that slow down nerve traffic and stop the brain buzzing.”

Another key food that can help with getting some shut-eye is almonds. Almonds contain magnesium which promotes sleep and muscle relaxation. “They have the added benefit of supplying proteins which help maintain a stable blood sugar level while sleeping and switch the body from alert adrenaline cycle to rest-and-digest mode,” and Sleep Charity suggested: “Try swapping your afternoon snack to a handful of nuts or mix with milk and honey for a comforting bedtime snack.”

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