Tasty fruit dubbed 'nature's sleeping pill' will help you fall asleep faster

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Some foods can help you get a better night
Some foods can help you get a better night's sleep (stock photo) (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

We all know that as adults, we should be aiming for around eight hours of sleep every night. But that can be easier said than done, especially with so many things keeping you awake at night - from things in your life causing you stress to the muggy and warm weather making it too hot to properly relax.

But according to experts, there is something you can do to try and improve the quality of your sleep without having to resort to medicinal sleep aids - and it all comes down to eating more fruit. Doctor Michael Breus claimed there are several different foods that can help you drift off with ease, and one of them is even known as "nature's sleeping pill".

In a video on his @thesleepdoctor account on TikTok, Dr Breus said that while you might think of a banana as something you tuck into in the morning to give you the energy to face the day, the classic yellow fruit is actually great for helping you sleep. The expert also praised the likes of kiwi fruits and yoghurts.

He explained: "People ask me all the time, 'What are some good positive foods for sleep?' So I've assembled a few here, let's check them out. Kiwis actually help promote serotonin in the brain which is the calming hormone, helping to relax you a little bit before bed. Bananas are actually called nature's sleeping pill - believe it or not - they are loaded with magnesium.

"Calcium - a lot of people are low in calcium, and we can get calcium from things like Greek yoghurt, which is a very essential byproduct in the sleep process. And believe it or not, pineapple has a lot of melatonin."

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As an added benefit, eating more fruit will also improve your gut health and overall diet, which can also have a positive impact on your sleep. According to sleep expert Rob Hobson, the quality of your sleep can be directly influenced by the foods you eat, so if you're struggling to sleep, try opting for healthier snacks.

He told Huffington Post: "The quality of your sleep can also be directly influenced by the type of foods you choose to eat. Therefore, it's particularly important to eat the right foods if you're struggling to sleep. [Magnesium] is present in dark green leafy vegetables, lentils, nuts, and seeds. Tryptophan helps to make melatonin - the sleep hormone - in the brain. It is found in oily fish, chicken, tofu, beans, and oats.

"Vitamin B6 found in foods such as chicken, salmon, chickpeas, lentils, avocado, and bananas is also involved in melatonin production, which regulates the sleep-wake cycle."

Zahna Eklund

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