Eat for calm

Posted by Nicola Elliott

Eat for calm

Natural dream food. Top up your body’s sleep hormones...

1. Dream team

Complex carbs (think oats, spelt, barley, brown rice) and protein both boost the amount of tryptophan to the brain which, in turn, makes us feel sleepy. Dream Team Snack? – cracker + cheese, nut butter + spelt toast, oats/cereal + milk… done!

2. Magic Mg

Increasing your magnesium intake has wondrous effects on sleep quality, as it plays an important role in the deactivation of adrenaline (amazing if you’ve spent all day stressed to the max too!). Find plenty of it in green leafy vegetables, beans, lentils and peas, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

3. Lettuce in on a secret

Lettuce contains the natural sedative lactur carium which encourages deeper sleep (yep, there’s a science-backed reason why Peter Rabbit was out for the count after nicking Mr M’s lettuces!). Time for a crisp green side salad with dinner.