Surprising foods for a better night’s sleep
Friday, 23 April · 1 min read

Did you know that certain foods may help you drift off?

Research shows that foods containing an amino acid called tryptophan may help you get to sleep more quickly.

This is because tryptophan plays a role in the production and release of serotonin and melatonin – hormones that help to regulate mood and the body’s sleep-wake cycle.

Foods that are known to contain tryptophan include:

  • milk
  • canned tuna
  • turkey
  • chicken
  • cheese
  • nuts and seeds

Try a tryptophan-rich sandwich.

Combining tryptophan-rich foods with carbohydrates may help tryptophan reach the brain more quickly.

So try filling a sandwich with one of the ingredients listed above for a sleep-inducing bite.

Did you know, you can use the Healthily app to track your sleep? Go to ‘My account’ then 'My trackers' and choose ‘Sleep length’ and ‘Sleep quality’.

Quick Quiz
Chocolate can keep you awake at night. True or false?