LIFESTYLE

10 Foods To Help You Sleep

14/08/2014 15:29 BST | Updated 29/08/2014 16:59 BST
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We all know that drinking gallons of coffee will keep you tossing and turning all night, while that late-night slice of cheese on toast may give you nightmares, but beside the obvious could some foods actually help us get a good night’s sleep?

With our growing addiction to technology (yes, we know you sleep with your phone), changing seasons and increasingly busy lives, we need all the help we can get to clock up the recommended eight hours of kip a night.

While drinking a glass of warm milk might be something our grandparents did, they were right in thinking that your diet is a good place to start to get that uninterrupted night.

Health writer Paola Bassanese says that good sleep really does start in the gut:

‘”We underestimate the importance our gut has on our overall wellbeing and only notice our digestive system when something goes wrong.

Vital hormones like serotonin, which regulates sleep, are produced in the gut, so any disfunction in our digestion can have a snowball effect on our overall health.”

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Foods That Help You Sleep

If you've ever been kept up with snoring, you're not alone. While it is often joked about, it can put a serious crimp in your life. The NHS says that this maintaining a healthy diet and weight could be the key:

“Being overweight by just a few kilograms can lead to snoring. Fatty tissue around you neck squeezes the airway and prevents air from flowing in and out freely.

Avoid alcohol before going to bed. It causes the muscles to relax more than usual during a normal night’s sleep. This added relaxation of the muscles makes the back of the throat collapse more readily, which then causes snoring.”

So, if you’re going to tuck into a midnight snack, make sure it's one of these…