If you can’t seem to fall asleep, try adding these foods to your diet:
Nuts, like Brazil nuts, walnuts and pistachios. They induce sleep because they contain potassium and selenium, which help the body make melatonin, our natural sleep hormone.
Also try eating a salad with your evening meal. Lettuce, particularly organic lettuce, contains lactucarium, which has sedative properties and relaxes the brain.
With your salad, have some tuna, halibut or salmon. We need vitamin B6 to help make the feel-good, relaxing neurotransmitters, melatonin and serotonin. And those types of fish are rich in B6.
After dinner, sip some chamomile tea. It contains glycine, which relaxes nerves and muscles and can act as a mild
sedative, reducing anxiety.
And as a midnight snack, nothing beats a banana. Sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus calls them, “big yellow sleeping pills” – because they’re loaded with magnesium and potassium, which help relax muscles and encourage deep sleep.