When we’ve had a terrible night’s sleep, our entire day the next day can feel ruined.
But before you reach for yet another mug of coffee to stave off an afternoon nap, experts have weighed in on the five foods you should be scoffing after a restless night to regain some energy.
An energy boost is essential to get through the day after the night before (hey, we didn’t say you had a bad night’s sleep by chance) - whether it’s to power through work, complete a successful gym session, or even get through a list of important errands.
Here’s what you should be packing your plate with in order to get over your sleepless night according to sleep experts at Bed Kingdom.
Avocados are packed with healthy fats, fibre, vitamins, and minerals, including potassium which is responsible for preventing fatigue by giving your body energy. With approximately 14 grams of fibre, this also helps promote the growth of healthy bacteria, which is vital for your gut. Plus, it goes great with toast for breakfast for an early morning energy boost or with a bagel at lunchtime to refuel.
If you often crave something sweet, dark chocolate is the perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth while also making you more alert. Dark chocolate contains high amounts of cacao, which is responsible for boosting your energy as well as increasing your focus – so you can count on this to keep you going throughout the day. Not to mention, it is filled with antioxidants such as magnesium which is linked to numerous health benefits, including fewer migraines and a lower risk of heart disease.
Like dark chocolate, chia seeds are high in magnesium – and not only is this beneficial for your health, but it also fights extreme fatigue and high stress levels. As well as this, staying hydrated makes you feel more alert, and chia seeds can retain lots of water in your body to maintain this. You can consume them by blending them into a smoothie, sprinkling into yoghurt, or even mixed into a salad.
Another food that has high amounts of magnesium is sweet potatoes, but they also contain lots of vitamin C. This helps transport fat into energy – as a result, this combats the feeling of sleepiness and keeps you switched on. In addition to this, sweet potatoes are a healthy carbohydrate and can be a great option for lunch if you plan on having a particularly long day and need long lasting energy, for example, if you plan on heading to the gym after work.
Vitamin C is also high in oranges, therefore enhancing your energy – but they contain a moderate amount of natural sugar, which is converted into glucose, the brain’s best source of fuel. They contain enough sugar to give you energy quickly, but not enough to be too overpowering and make you feel tired. Even consuming orange juice instead of eating the fruit can boost your memory and mental ability for the day.