What to eat for… poor sleep
Already ditched the late-night coffee but still awake at 2am? Studies have shown that there’s a food fix for that, too.
+ Tart cherry juice Your ticket to raising sleep hormone melatonin. Drinking a serving in the morning and two hours before bed increases sleep by 90 minutes a night.
+ Salmon Add the oily fish (you could also use tuna, anchovies or sardines) to your basket and Omega-3-boosted chicken (poultry fed on Omega-3-heavy algae to change their nutritional make-up). “Our studies have found that the DHA in Omgea-3 fats
might help with the release of melatonin or simply lower anxiety and aiding sleep,” says Dr Paul Montgomery, Professor of psycho-social intervention.
- Junk food Just one day of eating foods low in fibre and high in sugar and fat was enough to see people taking 12 minutes longer to fall asleep, say experts. “This combination initially lowers energy and then triggers a rise in blood glucose and stress hormones that can last for hours,” says Erin.
“If you feel persistently lethargic, see a healthcare practitioner. It’s often all about getting a balanced diet, well stocked in iron and vitamin B.” – Peter Cox