- Inadequate sleep can affect your heart health
- A healthy sleep schedule can help you ensure optimal health
- Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to sleep better
Adequate sleep is an important factor that ensures optimal health. Sleep affects your physical as well as mental health. Improper sleep can increase the risk of several diseases, affect your immune system, increase fatigue and much more. You might experience sleeplessness due to several reasons. Simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can help you ensure better sleep. Adding certain foods to your diet can help your body relax and get better sleep. Nutritionist Lovneet Batra took to Instagram to share a list of foods and drink you should be consuming to fight sleeplessness. Keep reading to find out more.
Foods and drinks to ensure better sleep
The nutritionist says, "Inability to fall asleep is one of the common problems faced by many during the pandemic. Many have asked about natural stress busters and sleep enhancers. Some foods and drinks can really help you control the stress, help you relax and feel less jittery."
It is one of the common fruits available almost throughout the day. It is rich in magnesium and potassium. According to Batra, you should try eating one banana daily for better sleep. Being a good source of potassium, banana can also help you control blood pressure numbers.
2. Soaked almonds
Almond is one of the healthiest nuts. It is popularly known to boost your heart health. Starting your day with 6-7 soaked almonds is a healthy way to start your day. You can also enjoy almonds as an evening snack.
3. Roasted pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are loaded with fibre, carbs, protein, iron, magnesium and several other essential nutrients. These seeds are high in antioxidants and can help boost overall heart health. It is also diabetes-friendly. You can pair pumpkin seeds with fruit and eat them as evening snack.
4. Chamomile tea
Many love drinking teas in the morning or in the evening. Chamomile tea it is one of the teas that you can have before bed. It will leave a relaxing effect on your body and promote better sleep.
5. Foods rich in tryptophan
"Also, try to include foods that are rich in tryptophan like yogurt, steel-cut oats, cashews, almond and milk during the day to help you sleep better at night," Batra adds.
A healthy lifestyle with regular exercise can also help you ensure a good night's sleep.
(Lovneet Batra is a Delhi-based nutritionist)
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