Food & it’s link to Sleep


Food can consume a part in improving your sleep.
Especially those that contain melatonin, a sleep regulating hormone and calcium, a mineral that helps the brain make melatonin.
This is an example of six varieties of food.
All nuts are a good source of calcium, however almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts in specific contain melatonin-making properties that support a healthy sleep.

Cherries have strong anti-inflammatory properties that help your body repair itself whilst asleep. They also contain melatonin that send message to our body that it’s time to sleep.

Warm Milk:
There are scientific links between the melatonin in milk that improves sleep, there is also the psychological link from your childhood that helps provide the calming effect for a relaxing bedtime.

Filled with magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6, bananas help increase relaxation and produce melatonin to support healthy sleep. They also keep your stomach full to reduce hunger pangs.

A small amount of honey shuts off orexin, the hormone that keeps us alert, promoting relaxation. It also increases melatonin-making compounds to ease a restful sleep.

Eggs are a source of melatonin-producing minerals. They are good as a light snack before bedtime.

All of the above with avoiding caffeine, big meals, alcohol close to bedtime will help you to drift off to sleep a lot quicker

Article by Diane Pulley

Diane Pulley is a BACP accredited and UKRC psychotherapist and Life Coach having graduated from Warwick university. She has worked in private practise for many years with clients presenting various issues, from trauma, depression, anxiety and self confidence. Diane works with both individuals and couples. Her experience has lead her to work with corporate clients delivering stress management training for both staff and management. Aspire You has been born from a personal journey, of Diane's own marriage breaking down after 28 years, when she identified there is a need to support women through this process and help them rebuild their lives. "everyone has the potential to lead fulfilling lives and i am committed to helping individuals achieve that desire"