The Wellness Duo is back this month to talk about one of the most important aspects of living a healthy life: sleep. Almost everything you do, or consume, during a day, can have an impact on the length and quality of sleep you get every night.
Here are a few important tips on what to do, and what to avoid, to promote getting the best sleep you can and avoid the awful slippery slope of insomnia:
What you consume in the hours before bed can make or break your sleep for that night. Foods that include tryptophan, magnesium, Vitamin B and fibre are all generally excellent choices to consume at in the evening.
Foods rich in tryptophan include nuts and seeds, specifically walnuts and almonds. Tryptophan is an amino acid that helps make melatonin, the sleepy-time hormone. Melatonin is secreted into a pea-sized gland found in the middle of your brain called the pineal gland, which has the main purpose of regulating and controlling sleep/wake cycles.