Best Foods to Eat at Bedtime For a Good Nights Sleep
We’ve covered in previous NECTAR blogs how a good night’s sleep can help you curb junk food cravings, making the most comfortable mattress a crucial part of your fitness plan. Sometimes though, we just want to munch a little bit. What if the foods that we ate during the day could help us get a longer and better sleep? That’s exactly what a group of dieticians have tried to figure out. While sleepy items like turkey (remember that Seinfeld episode?) have been left off the list, we think you’ll find some great and tasty foods to help you fall asleep as soon as your body hits the most comfortable mattress — that’s a NECTAR!
Honey is a natural sugar that slightly raises your insulin levels and allows your body to produce more tryptophan, an enzyme crucial to a good night’s sleep. For a tasty treat try combining honey with a spoonful of peanut butter and just a touch of granola. Just don’t get any on your most comfortable mattress, but if you do, know that you can wash NECTAR’s tencel cooling cover with no problems.
Both pretzels and corn chips have a high glycemic index, which can be problematic if you’re a diabetic, but in small doses can work wonders before bed. The blood sugar spike and insulin will help your body accept more tryptophan — a crucial component of a good night’s sleep.
Walnuts are a great natural source of tryptophan. Eat these if you’re having trouble maintaining a consistent bedtime, as tryptophan is the key to unlocking serotonin and melatonin, the body clock hormone that sets your sleep cycles. These also clean off easy off your NECTAR mattress.
Cheese and Crackers
Calcium found in cheese can help regulate your muscle movements while you sleep, leading to a more even and deeper REM cycle. Try not to overindulge though, as too much dairy can lead to problems if your body is still processing it as you sleep.
Tuna is rich in vitamin B6, another vitamin that aids in the production of serotonin and melatonin. It might leave you with tuna breath though, so if you’re sharing NECTAR’s most comfortable mattress with a partner, you might want to make sure your tooth brushing skills are on point.
Rice is another food with a high glycemic index, and was actually the center of an Australian sleep study, which found that participants who ate rice were able to doze off much faster than those who didn’t. Jasmine rice especially was found to be a great sleep aid.
Just remember it is really important to give your body time to digest before you fall asleep. Too soon and you may experience indigestion or acid reflux. And as always, your best sleep aid is going to be a the most comfortable mattress — that means a NECTAR. Our four layers of foam make up the most comfortable mattress without sacrificing support. So what are you waiting for? Healthy snacking and sleeping, that’s always a great combination.