Eat Almonds for a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted on : January 22nd, 2019

Feet sticking out from the bed coversThe other night it seemed like I just could not fall asleep. I tossed and turned for hours! I finally gave up, realized I was little hungry, and looked up what foods might help me get to sleep. Guess what was on the top of the list: almonds!

Just a small handful of almonds can promote a good night’s sleep by providing the protein you need to switch the cycles of your body from producing adrenaline to going into rest and digest mode. They also contain tryptophan which is an amino acid that helps your body produce melatonin and serotonin. Melatonin helps regulate your body’s clock and serotonin helps regulate your mood so you feel tired when it is time to go to bed. And almonds are a good source of magnesium—something many people become deficient in because of poor diet and over-stressed lives. Your body uses more magnesium when you are worried, so getting more in your diet can make such a significant difference that it’s the first thing I think of if I can’t sleep. It relaxes your muscles and increases deep slow-wave sleep, which helps you sleep longer and wake feeling more refreshed. This combination of nutrients put almonds at the top of the charts.

What else was on the list? More foods with the same nutrients: protein, tryptophan and magnesium. Those included bananas (which also provide useful potassium), oatmeal, dairy (hot milk or yogurt), and chamomile tea. So that inspired a couple of nights of evening meals and just before bed snacks that I found not only soothing but delicious as well. Try these combinations the next time you find yourself having trouble falling asleep:

  1. Hot chamomile tea with a slice of oatmeal bread slathered with Maisie Jane’s almond butter.
  2. A small bowl of oatmeal cooked with sliced bananas and served with a swirl of almond butter and hot milk on top.
  3. Yogurt with sliced bananas and chopped almonds with hot chamomile tea.
  4. Hot almond milk or dairy milk with a swirl of almond butter and cinnamon or nutmeg.

Sweet dreams!

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