Believe it or not, Bananas have been called the “sleeping pill in a peel”. They contain potassium and magnesium which are both known muscle relaxants as well as an amino acid that your body converts to serotonin and melatonin – both aid in relaxation and sleeping.
Cherries are one of the only foods to contain melatonin. Melatonin is basically your sleep hormone, responsible for controlling how tired you feel. Your melatonin levels are controlled by, among other things, light levels and hues and, well, cherries. Tart cherry juice with less sugar is a good substitute for the fruit if it is out of season. About an hour before bed is the recommended time to help put you to sleep.
Oatmeal is soothing and rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium which all help you fall asleep. For a delicious oatmeal cookie recipe, and an Ayurvedic approach to sleep, see the excellent Soul Foodie Blog.
The mainstay of parents the world over, warm milk in a tried and tested sleep inducer. Amino acids in milk help release serotonin and the calcium helps you relax.
Magnesium, which almonds contain, help promote relaxation and is also rich in amino acids which, just like milk, release serotonin and helps us sleep better. Like bananas, they also have potassium a good muscle relaxant.