What you have for lunch might be affecting your sleep more than you know

Market Expertz   |     December 18, 2019



Sleep experts in the UK have stated that the food we eat during lunchtime can have a huge impact on each one of us when we go to bed at night, as per the latest research. In a recent study by Sealy UK, over 65 percent of the 2,058 Britain citizens surveyed have admitted to waking up feeling exhausted and tired on at least four days a week. The research found that people who follow a vegan diet fared worst of all when it came to the quality of sleep. They woke up feeling tired and irritated on an average five days a week. More than two in five people admitted to feeling sleepy and tired every morning. So, can eating certain things help us sleep better?

Sleep expert Holly Housby points out that food can certainly help us get us an improved night's sleep. One of them is cheese, particularly mozzarella, a source of tryptophan that plays a critical role in the creation of serotonin as well as in turn sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Carbohydrates have been shown to make tryptophan more accessible to the brain, so if you are having late night cheese in your food meal may actually be helpful for sleep, the research further added. Oats can also help perk up the quality of sleep owing to minerals and vitamins that help your brain to relax. These are a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that checks our sleeping as well as waking cycles. Salmon, particularly the wild variety, is a source of nutrients that promote sleep-regulating hormone serotonin.

Salmon is considered a good source of omega 3, Vitamin B6, magnesium, and tryptophan, all of which promote serotonin. Milk is another best source of tryptophan and melatonin. This is because cows are milked at night when their melatonin is naturally higher.