We are constantly told how important sleep is, so when different factors mean you’re tossing and turning at night and not getting that golden shut eye, it can be very stressful. 

In addition to the above, A LOT of us have medically diagnosed sleep issues like insomnia. 

However along with avoiding technology an hour before sleep, listening to calming music and taking a bath, it seems a few changes in your eating habits could be the key to success. 

Stephanie Middleberg, a nutritionist, suggests these following foods could help you sleep better at night. 

Protein-rich foods 

Tryptophan (an amino acid) found in turkey, chicken, cottage cheese, eggs and milk, helps release the hormones serotonin and melatonin. If you eat the above foods with carbs throughout the day, you should be due for a melatonin rush in the evening, therefore setting yourself up for a better night’s sleep. 

Whole grains 


Whole grains help to convert tryptophan into serotonin and melatonin. These complex carbs are also a good source of Vitamin B which can also help with sleep. 

Tart cherries 

Tart cherries, also known as natural Lunesta are high in melatonin and may also help tryptophan cross the blood-brain barrier to stimulate your body to produce more of its own melatonin. Snacking on thawed-out frozen cherries in the evening is the most productive way to get the benefits of this. 

Nuts and seeds 

Nuts, seeds and nut butters also contain tryptophan as well as magnesium which can have a calming effect on the body. 

Warm drinks 


Sipping on a cup of (decaf) tea like chamomile, warm water with lemon or warm milk helps to reduce tension before bed to prep your body for sleep. 

Enjoy nodding off tonight!