If you're one of those people who tosses and turns at night, these could be the best food and drink choices to make...
Ahead of World Sleep Day coming up (15th March), diet expert Terri-Ann Nunns, of Terri Ann's Diet Plans, is offering her advice on what you should be including in your diet to help us get the slumber we need...
People will often enjoy a hot drink before turning in for the night. However, caffeine is firmly off limits – instead, welcome chamomile, ginger or peppermint teas into your evening repertoire, as they help you to unwind and relax after a hectic day.
2. Warm milk
There are two reasons to consider drinking this - not only does it help you to relax on a psychological level, but it also contains melatonin, which is linked to a better night's sleep.
Several types of nut contain melatonin (a sleep-regulating hormone). This subsequently makes it the perfect bedtime snack. Good choices include almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
A great snack before bed is a banana. High in potassium (making it ideal for a deep night's sleep), it's also a good source of magnesium, which is also linked to a better night's slumber.
Are you feeling hungry before bed? Well, a bowl of oatmeal could be the snack to try. It helps you to combat hunger without feeling full or bloated. A small bowl can be high in melatonin and also contains B6 - a useful anti-stress vitamin.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day - this has many benefits, which includes getting a better night’s rest. It helps you maintain your energy levels all day and ensures you don't feel dehydrated before bed.