18 foods to help send you off to sleep tonight

18 foods you need to know about that all contain the magic ingredients needed for a good night's rest. Ready, steady, sleep!

It should be so simple shouldn’t it. You’re very tired and waiting for that moment when your lids become heavy and it’s time to snuggle up into your cosy bed and get your Z’s. Except there’s just one problem. It’s not that simple. You’re not switching off. You’re not relaxed. In fact the more time goes on, the more agitated you’re getting about it.

But there are things you can be doing – well, even better, eating – that will help calm and relax you ready for bed. Yes, that’s right. Foods to help you sleep; what a delightful combination.

It’s all in the science really. We won’t bore you with the details, well maybe we will a little, but basically there’s a certain little amino-acid called tryptophan which is really great for sleep. It regulates your sleep patterns and also helps with the production of sleepy brain-chemicals serotonin and melatonin. Our body can’t produce tryptophan itself, so we need to make sure we’re getting enough of it from the foods we eat.

So, here are 18 foods to help you sleep, that all contain the magic ingredients needed for a good night’s rest. Ready, steady, sleep!