7 Foods That Will Help You Sleep Posted in: Featured, Food Power

With the hustle and bustle of life causing more and more thoughts to circulate around your head sleep can sometimes be harder to achieve, worry not though, here are 7 foods that will you sleep.


Any dairy product is high in tryptophan, this natural substance is great at helping your brain produce melatonin, a chemical required for sleep, calcium is also very effective at reducing stress and stabilizing nerves. Being high in vitamin B, known for its excellent ability to calm the body and mind down, yogurt is a great choice for a bedtime snack.

Cream, cottage cheese, milk and small amounts of cheese are all great choices just before bed.


Cherries have been studied for their interesting effects on sleep, in one study, members were asked to drink a glass of cherry juice in the morning and a glass in the evening, after two weeks of this routine participants reported better sleep. The reason? Cherries are naturally rich in melatonin. So if you’re looking to sleep better, have a handful of cherries or a glass of fresh cherry juice an hour before bed.


Despite the debate about whether Turkey will help you sleep it has vast amounts of tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes brain function and helps the body to drift off into sleep. The reason there is debate is turkey is high in protein, which in turn can restrict the ability of tryptophan entering the brain. This however can be easily combated by eating a small amount of carbohydrates with Turkey.

The insulin produced by carbohydrates allows tryptophan to pass through the blood-brain barrier, therefore allowing potential sleep promoting chemicals from turkey to enter the brain. So try oatmeal, brown rice or whole-grains with a little turkey before sleep.


Being rich in vitamins and basic in composition oats are very healthy and not just for sleep, high in calcium, magnesium and potassium. The latter is awesome at helping the quality of sleep you get. If you want a bit more taste with your oatmeal, try bananas or other foods low in sugar.

Oatmeal is also high in Vitamin D which increases serotonin levels in the brain, with serotonin being known as a ‘happy’ chemical it alleviates anxiety and calms the brain and body down, allowing a restful, not stressful, night of sleep.


Known for its anti-anxiety benefits chamomile has been used in Eastern culture as an herbal remedy for many centuries. However a recent study has shown that it calmed mice significantly and reduced anxiety. Even in human studies its effect has been noted, the natural plant can reduce generalized anxiety disorders better than a placebo.

Try a chamomile tea 30 minutes before bed to drift off into a relaxed state of mind ready for sleep.

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Lettuce in an excellent choice for a good nights sleep, being low in calories and high in vitamins. It’s a great choice for a light snack at any time of day, however it’s sleep promoting quality is that it contains Lactucarium.

‘lactucarium is the milky fluid secreted by several species of lettuce, especially Lactuca virosa, usually from the base of the stems. lactucarium is known as lettuce opium because of its putative sedative and analgesic properties’ Lactucarium – Wikipedia

Essentially lactucarium has sedative properties that affect the brain in a way not dissimilar to opium, try adding lettuce leaves to tea, or enjoy with a little pro-biotic yogurt at night-time, you’d be surprised at how well it works!

If sleep is still a struggle there are various other techniques, linked here is a little guide to help you sleep so you can drift off into a relaxed state a little easier.

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