Getting enough sleep is very important for the body to function properly, according to the NHS.
Without enough sleep, you could wake up feeling grumpy, and not perform at your best.
Sleep deprivation could also increase your risk of some life-threatening conditions, including heart disease and diabetes.
Despite the risks, about one in three people in the UK suffer from poor sleep.
But, you could get a better night’s sleep by snacking on sunflower seeds, it’s been revealed.
Sunflower seeds are rich in proteins, called tryptophan.
Tryptophan is a chemical that helps to promote a better sleep.
When you eat foods with tryptophan, it converts into serotonin when it reaches the brain.
Although it’s a relatively rare protein, you can still top up on the chemical by snacking on sunflower seeds before bed, according to The Sleep Council.
“They say you are what you eat, and when it comes to getting a restful night’s sleep, the food and drink you consume has a drastic effect,” it said.
“Some people choose not to eat after 6pm, as late meals can make it difficult to sleep.
“However, if you are eating before bed, remember that there three main chemicals that promote good sleep: tryptophan, serotonin and melatonin.
“All proteins involve amino acids, and tryptophan is one of them.
“It is, however, the rarest amino acid, but it can still be found in turkey and chicken, as well as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts and beans.”
Other great foods for helping you to fall asleep are cherries and rice, The Sleep Council added.
If you’re struggling to fall asleep, it may help to make some changes to your sleep environment.
The best temperature for rest is between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius.
Lavender and germanium smells can help you to feel more relaxed, so it may be worth investing in some essential oils to help you drift off.
If you’re decorating a bedroom, it’s best to avoid bright colours because they’re quite jarring. Softer, muted tones – including pale blue or cream – will help you to feel calmer.
Getting rid of computers or televisions in the bedroom may also help you to fall asleep. LED displays can make it difficult to get a good night’s rest.
Published at Thu, 10 May 2018 13:32:00 +0000