While we welcome the crisp weather, stunning foliage, and festive home décor that come with the fall and winter seasons, we’re not particularly thrilled about the accompanying shifts in sleep cycles and energy levels. According to Simon Kyle, Ph.D., people are prone to insomnia, fatigue, and mood shifts around this time of the year, mostly due to changes in daylight duration and sun exposure. If you’re looking for an all-natural way to keep your sleep schedule on track, Marie Claire recommends you munch on the following foods before turning in for the night (or when reaching for a healthy midnight snack):
Made from chickpeas, hummus is chock-full of tryptophan and vitamin B6, which aid in the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, according to Marie Claire. If you can’t sleep, the magazine recommends munching on a bit of hummus spread on whole grain bread to naturally lull yourself back into bed.
Age-old wisdom has always told us to drink a glass of warm milk when feeling restless. Packed with calcium, dairy products interact with the sleep hormone melatonin in a way that makes you feel drowsy. Instead of drinking the liquid stuff, try turning to yogurt with a touch of honey, which contains “calming glucose to cure insomnia,” writes Marie Claire.
My favorite dairy product, cheese contains a protein that’s also packed with the sleep aid tryptophan. Coupled with the calcium and the carbohydrates in the crackers, this snack is a healthy, all-natural way to calm your restless body and fall asleep faster.
What all-natural sleep aid do you turn to during the winter months? Share your pick below and taste-test these all-natural sleep gummies for a simpler alternative.