I’m wrapping up this week’s series on foods for better sleep by gathering together some of my favorite dietitians and healthy food bloggers to discover how they wind down (including, of course, what they eat) to wind down for a restful and rejuvenating night of Zzzz’s.
I had to ask for help here because truly, I’m a fantastic sleeper.
I mean, not to brag or anything, but I’m almost too good at sleeping. Beds, airplanes, grassy lawns, cars, lecture halls, at the movies…it really doesn’t make a difference to me.
And as long as this isn’t happening while I’m behind the wheel or otherwise doing something requiring my undivided attention, I’m generally satisfied with my ability to pass out in any environment within a matter of minutes.
But occasionally, I too have experienced those sleepless nights filled with frustration and tossing and turning. And, man, do these nights really help me feel for those of you who don’t possess my freakish sleep powers.
That’s why I wanted to put together today’s quick guide to improving your sleep with the help of some simple lifestyle tips and delicious nighttime snacks.
Personally, when I can’t sleep, stress is almost always involved. If you know that stress is related to sleep difficulties, check out my recent Self Care post in addition to the tips and recipe ideas listed below.
Along with some ideas for getting into a healthy bedtime routine, you’ll find recipes featuring my favorite sleep-promoting ingredients, like oats, lavender, and chocolate. For more information on how these ingredients can help you relax, and the answer to the question of whether nighttime eating inherently leads to weight gain, head back to Wednesday’s post.
How do you fall asleep?
“Personally, to help me sleep better – I take warm bath and drink hot tea. Also, reading before bed time is very therapeutic for me.” — Dixya of Food, Pleasure, and Health
“A hot shower followed by gentle yoga in a dark room can be a great way to unwind after a long day and soothe your body. It’s important to signal your brain that it’s almost time for bed, too. Bright lights interfere with your natural circadian rhythm. Therefore, one of the best ways to avoid that is to avoid any bright lights at night whether it’s your electronics, or even your room lights. Set the mood and dim the lights to get your brain headed in the right direction for better sleep.” — Audra of …And a Dash of Cinnamon
“We make regular bedtimes for our kids but tend to forget we (adults) need regular schedules too! Sticking to a regular bed time and waking time helps our body follow a healthy balanced rhythm, making sleep patterns natural.” — Laura of Making Healthy Choices
Try these recipes for better sleep:
2 Minute Microwave Steel-Cut Oats from Dixya of Food, Pleasure, and Health.
Clean 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal from Audra of …And a Dash of Cinnamon.
Relaxing Lavender Oat Banana Ice Cream from The Grateful Grazer.
Quinoa Breakfast Oats from Raquel of Sincerely Nourished.
Southwest Cottage Cheese Muffins from Kelli of Hungry Hobby.
Honey Almond Cherry Granola from Christy at Christy Wilson Nutrition.
Fresh Mint Chocolate Shake from The Grateful Grazer.
Berry Pistachio Crunch Smoothie Bowl from Amy at Amy Gorin Nutrition.
How do you fall asleep at night? Don’t forget to help other by sharing your favorite way to relax in the comments section below!