Foods to eat before bed that will ‘improve your sleep’ and ‘reduce stress’

We’ve all experienced it – tossing and turning in bed, yearning for but feeling completely awake.

While the odd sleepless night is nothing to stress over, chronic insomnia can have serious impacts on your physical and mental health.

Almost one in five people in the UK aren’t getting enough sleep, according to the latest research from Mental Health UK.

Common side effects include weight gain, anxiety and depression, and decreased coginitive functioning. 

Stress is often a cause of poor sleep but certain foods can help your body to create proteins that lead to a better night’s sleep, experts say. 

L-Glycine is an amino acid that is used by the body to create proteins. It’s starting to become a popular supplement because of its anti-inflammatory and anxiety-reducing effects as well as its ability to support the body’s production of collagen.

But it can also help to regulate mood and reduce stress, in turn reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation, Dan Fabian, sleep health expert from Ten PM, told Daily Express US.

Certain foods can increase the intake of L-Glycine that your body gets. 

This includes many high-protein foods such as meat, legumes and dairy.

Foods that contain a lot of L-Clycine include red meat, seeds, turkey, chicken, peanuts and granola, according to experts from VeryWell Health. 

Lack of sleep not only has an impact on your physical health as it disrupts your body’s ability to process glucose, potentially resulting in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes – but it also effects your mental health. 

The expert explained: “When we go to sleep our brain follows a series of patterns which make up the sleep cycle. The body cycles through four different stages, which all impact our brain waves, muscle relaxation, recovery, and breathing. Research has also uncovered that brain activity during sleep has profound effects on emotional and mental health.”

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