Foods to choose for a good night’s sleep
If certain foods or drinks are to be avoided or you risk spending an all-nighter (kiwi, citrus fruits, tea, coffee,...), there are certain foods to choose for a good night’s sleep, in particular 3 families of foods that make it easier to fall asleep.
Foods rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that the human body does not know how to make but which is present in legumes, seeds and some fruits; tryptophan allows the production of serotonin in the brain, as well as melatonin, "sleep hormone"; tryptophan is present in lentils, chickpeas, dried beans; it is also present in some seeds such as sesame, sunflower, squash, lupin or pumpkin, to be spread on salted seeds
Foods that contain slow sugars are bread, pasta, rice and potatoes.
Relaxing plants also help to fall asleep when consumed as infusions, with valerian, passion flower, verbena and lemon balm as their relaxing action makes it easier to fall asleep and reduces night waking up.
In short, to sleep well: a small lentil salad sprinkled with sesame seeds, a portion of rice, a mango and an infusion of the 4 relaxing plants after the meal, you will spend dreamy nights!