These 11 foods are proven to help you sleep
Struggling to sleep? These 11 foods have been scientifically proven to help you nod off
It’s official, Brits don’t sleep enough.
Recent research found a staggering 38 per cent of Brits are not getting enough sleep with women aged 35-44 affected the worst.
The survey, conducted by life insurance company Aviva looked at the sleep habits of 14 countries globally and found Britons were the worst sleepers.
People have been using food and herbs for centuries to help them nod off trying everything from cups of hot milk to camomile tea.
Now, we’re starting to understand the reasons behind some of the foods that help calm the body and promote a restful night’s sleep.
Nutritionist Rick Hay, in an interview with Healthista, describes what nutrients insomniacs should be getting with foods that have been scientifically proven to help aid sleep.
Green, black and white tea
‘Certain amino acids found in foods can help with sleep by nourishing the nervous system’, says nutritionist Rick Hay.
‘One of those being closely studied right now is L-theanine, dubbed ‘the relaxation amino acid’ and found in green tea, black tea, white and matcha green teas. L-theanine is an amino acid found to enhance sleep and also help reduce anxiety in a growing number of scientific papers’.
A 2008 study in Asia Pacific Journal of Nutrition examined the brain activity of healthy adults after they consumed L-theanine and found it increased alpha brainwave activity.