Having Trouble Falling Asleep? Try These Sleep-Inducing Dinners
If you have issues falling, staying or getting enough sleep, you've probably tried a lot of things to rectify your poor slumber situation. You've likely dabbled in supplements, yoga moves and even sleep restriction, but have you ever considered switching up your dinner?
According to The Huffington Post, your body requires specific nutrients in order to make the hormones and neurotransmitters needed for sleep. Foods that contain said nutrients are the ones you want to nosh on before bed for a good-quality rest. Science says these foods tend to be ones that are nutrient-rich, low in fat, non-stimulating and easy to digest. So what are they?
Keep reading for 5 science-backed dinner options that can help you sleep better tonight.
Turkey burger + sweet potato fries.
If you ask us, any encouragement to eat burgers is welcome. For sweet dreams, make your patties with minced turkey—it's said to contain minerals like tryptophan that can help with sleep. (Check out this Martha Stewart recipe for an easy how-to.) Team with green veg and oven baked sweet potato fries for a delicious, well-balanced meal.
Roasted salmon + vegetables.
Wild salmon is an OG superfood, but it’s also believed to be beneficial for sleep due to its vitamin D and selenium content. Chuck some chopped vegetables in a pan with herbs and coconut oil while it bakes to round out the meal. Want healthy carbs too? Go for brown rice, quinoa or try teff ($12).
Naked burrito bowl.
This one is music to our ears. Pass on the slow-cooked carnitas (we know, it hurts) and go for black beans, lean chicken, turkey or fish for your protein hit. Add in seasoned brown rice, veggies, low-sodium salsa and lime. We suggest finishing off with a little guac because... it's delicious.
Wholegrain pasta + marinara sauce.
Wholegrain pasta is generally accepted as preferable to the white stuff because it contains B vitamins and iron. (If you don't eat wheat, opt for a gluten-free pasta or get your zoodle on.) Marinara sauce is low fat and rich in lycopene and other phytochemicals courtesy of the veggie content. If you like protein at dinner, add a little turkey mince or organic sausage to the mix.
Grilled cheese + tomato soup.
Surprised to see this in the line-up? Us too. (But also happy, obviously.) The cheese toastie is a nod to a 2005 study from the British Cheese Council that found certain types of fromage could contribute to positive dreams. Again, adding in vegetables is a good idea, as is switching white bread for something a little less processed. Switch butter for coconut oil to up your good fats and serve with a light tomato soup.