Top foods to help you sleep

Not only does eating the right foods help you stay trim, keep you looking young and fill you with energy, it can also help you sleep easier. But what foods will help you enjoy a pleasant 40 winks? Find out by taking a look at our list of sleep-friendly foods.


Bananas are full of the amino acid tryptophan, and that’s a good thing. This acid transforms into serotonin, the chemical that tells the brain to relax and sleep. Even better, bananas digest slowly, which means if you eat them close to bedtime you can get a steady dose of serotonin throughout your sleep, enabling you to stay in a deep slumber.


Just like bananas, eggs are filled with tryptophan. This is a chemical that, when eaten, transforms into serotonin and brings on sleep. You can even add some cheese to your eggs to add more calcium and replace energy during sleep.


Fish (especially salmon, tuna and halibut) all have vitamin B6 in them. This is what’s needed to make melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone that reacts to darkness. So grab a fish supper and turn those lights out!

Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds
These make a great bedtime snack, they’re full of tryptophan and shouldn’t over-fill you. Even better, it’s not a problem keeping them close to your bedside.

Drink plenty of water

Drink plenty of water
Water helps with your digestion and has no energy reducing substances. Try and drink around 8 cups a day, but not too much before bedtime… otherwise you might overwork your bladder!

Eat lots of fruit

Got a sweet tooth? Replace sugary snacks at night with some fresh fruit. You still get to eat something sweet, but you get some fibre too, providing slow releases of energy that won’t negatively impact on your sleep.

Just how much should you eat before bedtime?
If you’re hungry before you go to sleep then you’re more likely to wake up during the night. However, eating too much means your digestive system has to work much harder, and you want to be as relaxed as possible at bedtime. The trick is to eat a light meal and eat the right foods 2-3 hours before you have a kip.

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