In our daily hustle and bustle, we often compromise on our eating habits. We forget that this choice has a major impact on our health and can lead to various illnesses. Some even experience sleep disorders if they do not take enough nutrients and avoid a proper diet with necessary vitamins and minerals. Serotonin is a hormone in a body which plays a vital role in promoting good sleep along with vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid.It is advised to consume food items which are rich in these components to help us get better sleep.
Here are few nutrients you need to add to your daily diet:
Carbohydrates: It is a good idea to consume complex carbohydrates like multi grain breads, brown rice, wheat crackers, cereals and, oats. These foods increase the serotonin levels in the body and promote good sleep. Do not consume simple carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, pastries, sugar, cookies, chocolates, as they have the opposite effect on sleep.
Proteins: Protein rich foods like low fat cheese, chicken, fish, dals, soya, tofu, etc have a high content of amino acid tryptophan which is known to increase serotonin levels in the body leading to enhancing good sleep.
Beverages: Certain beverages that contain caffeine like tea, coffee, aerated drinks prevent one from getting a good sleep. A glass of warm milk or a cup of hot herbal tea is best to put you to sleep in the night!
Fats: Certain fats like nuts that include peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews and pistachios are not only good for a healthy heart but are also known to increase serotonin levels in the body and hence promoting healthy sleep patterns.
So do give these foods a try and have a good night’s sleep!