You've counted sheep, sipped a cup of chamomile and even imposed a "no phone in bed" rule - and yet you're still up! While our childhood selves beg to differ, quality sleep is precious and affects everything from our eating habits to our immune system. Living in a busy and overstimulated world, we often overlook the significance of a good diet for healthy sleep. We looked up other natural ways to aid sleep with food and here are our four favourite discoveries:
Brown rice is awesome because it contains GABA (Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid) which calms the nervous system and works like an extremely mellow tranquilizer. The grain is also a great source of fiber, healthier than its white and refined alternative.
Grapes contain serotonin which can help de-stress and calm you, and they are the only fruit known to contain and release Melatonin. With Melatonin, a hormone that regulates your sleep and wake cycles, grapes can help you recalibrate the body, especially helpful when dealing with jet lag or disrupted sleep patterns.
Need more reason to eat (or drink) kale? Magnesium deficiency is a major cause of insomnia - this dark, leafy green is packed with the mineral. Kale is an extremely tasty and versatile leafy green that you can easily incorporate into your dishes. No excuses to say no to the kale!
Walnuts are a great source of tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid. The body converts tryptophan to serotonin, which calms and induces sleep. Get snooze-ready with a few pieces a night.
Mr. Green Juice sleep aids: