What Kind of Food Is Good for Sleeping?

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Getting a good night's sleep depends on multiple factors, from overconsuming caffeine to eating the right foods. This guide will help you understand what food is good for sleeping.

The Impact of Sleep Quality on Health

Believe it or not, how well you sleep greatly impacts your overall health. When you sleep, your cells help your body recover and maintain itself. These cells work best when you're sleeping to help your muscles repair, grow neurons, strengthen neurons, and more. As your sleep quality declines, your health weakens, and you're more likely to get sick. This can also cause obesity, stress, memory problems, and more.

Best Food for Sleep

Foods that help your body relax or stay calm are a good choice for better sleep quality. This can include relaxing teas, like chamomile, fiber-rich meals, and dishes rich in vitamin C.

a cup of chamomile tea pressed against a book

  • Vitamin C Rich Fruits and Vegetables

Consuming vitamin c before sleep can help you fall asleep quicker and minimize sleep interruptions. You'll find the following produce to have significant vitamin C:

  • Kiwis
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell peppers

Keep your vitamin C-packed produce fresh for longer by using a Retro Refrigerator. By storing your produce properly, you can avoid running out and having a fitful sleep until you restock your fruits and veggies.

  • Milk Rich in Calcium

Calcium is a great source of vitamin D and tryptophan, which help you sleep better. Studies suggest that those who consume dairy daily tend to sleep better. An easy way to get more calcium is by enjoying a warm cup of milk before bedtime.

  • Nutrient-Rich Fish

Fatty fish contain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and healthy fats. All are linked to better sleep with a decrease in waking up in the middle of the night. Some fish you can consume for positive sleep effects include:

  • Salmon
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Orange Roughy
  • Heart-Healthy Fats

Eating foods that boost your serotonin levels will help improve your sleep. Heart-healthy fats are found in nut butter, nuts, and avocados. It's important to reach for foods with unsaturated fats. If you consume food with saturated or trans fat, it has the opposite effect.

  • Foods High in Magnesium

If you eat foods with magnesium, you'll also have better sleep quality. Some foods with magnesium include spinach, nuts, seeds, and black beans. Low magnesium in your body can make it challenging to fall asleep and stay asleep. Keep your magnesium level up by snacking on nuts before bed.

a bowl of nuts

Worst Foods for Sleep

Like there are good foods for sleep, there are also foods and drinks which can impair your sleep quality. Generally, foods that are meat heavy or have caffeine are bad for sleep.

Alcohol: Generally, drinking alcohol before bed means you’re likely to wake up throughout the night.
Caffeine: Caffeine is meant to keep you awake, so it's no surprise it can negatively affect your sleep if you consume it too close to bedtime.
Too much meat: More studies need to be done. However, it appears that eating too much meat before bed can hurt your sleep quality.

some wine bottles on the table

You can easily prepare food for sleeping using Comfee products. All appliances are budget-friendly and offer stylish designs. Create homemade nut butter using a compact blender, bake salmon in an air fryer, and make hot citrus water with an electric kettle. Whatever your needs, Comfee has an appliance for your budget, style, and lifestyle.

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