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What foods do you eat before bed? They might be detrimental to your sleep, and even keeping you awake! We’ve brought in Nutrition Coach, Lisa Saunders, from Own Your Health Collective to tell her top five foods to help reach optimal snooze.

Good things happen when we sleep. Our immune system is strengthened, our metabolism is supported and our damaged cells are repaired. So clever! Sleep boosts our daily performance and then when we are fast asleep enjoying our slumber, the brain processes what it heard, learnt and saw in the day. Actually according to Shawn Stevenson, the Author of Sleep Smarter, there’s no facet of your mental, emotional, or physical performance that’s not affected by the quality of your sleep.

Considering the body and brain are so busy whilst we snooze through the night, it does leave you wondering what foods will help you get that restful sleep in the first place. Here are my five picks that are easy to source and won’t break the budget.

Kiwi Fruit

A delicious naturally sweet fruit full of fibre and nourishing antioxidants and vitamins like Vitamin C, E potassium and folate, Kiwi contains serotonin – a sleep hormone that is related to our REM sleep – and low levels of serotonin can contribute to insomnia. A perfect fruit to eat as a dessert after dinner, buy them firm and eat them just as they start to soften. If you don’t mind the skin, eat that too, it’s jam packed with fibre.

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