Sleep Well with SuperFoods
Westin Hotels, home of the Heavenly Beds, offers tips on how to use SuperFoods for a better night’s sleep.
SuperFoods, Serotonin and Superior Sleep
Complex carbohydrates can boost serotonin levels in your brain, which in turn trigger relaxation and induce sleepiness. If you have an evening snack, make it a small one.
Mom was Right About a Cup of Warm Milk Before Bed
Milk and dairy products contain tryptophan, a natural sleep enhancer. Try a cup of warm milk before bedtime.
Eat a Banana Before Bed Time
Bananas are good bed-time snack choice. They are an excellent source of “good” carbs, potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and a little melatonin, which all help promote rest.
With stress, aging or changing time zones, our natural melatonin levels may not be in sync with our needs. Consuming melatonin from foods can help bring our natural sleep signals back to normal.
Stay Away From Simple Carbohydrates at Night
Whereas complex carbs promote sleep, simple carbs have the opposite effect. They can reduce your serotonin levels and keep you from getting a good night’s leep. So avoid cookies, cakes, pastries and even white pasta in the evening.
The Perfect Late Night Snack
And ideal snack to help sleep: A handful of walnuts with a banana and a glass of tart cherry juice.
Savor a Cup of Relaxation
A cup of warm herbal tea before bed can prepare the mind and body for sleep — and if it becomes a regular evening ritual, it may reduce your blood pressure. No wonder tea is one of the world’s most popular SuperFoods!