Recent studies have shown that we actually just need a good balance of the naturally produced sleep-inducing hormones serotonin and melatonin in our system.
How do you ensure that serotonin and melatonin are present in your system though? The answer is by keeping on top of your vitamin B6 and tryptophan intake. These are needed to boost the hormone levels and they are found in more foods than you realize.
These are some of the main foods you eat daily which are naturally keeping your serotonin and melatonin levels up. Meaning that drinking a glass of milk before going to bed can help to induce sleep.
Other sleep-inducing foods include oats and lettuce, although granted, oats are usually a food best left to enjoy in the mornings!
Caffeine and alcohol are the main culprits for disrupting your slumber as they are stimulants. Caffeine has a direct impact on reducing sleep quality. The half-life of caffeine is approximately 5hours. This means that it can take up to 10 hours to completely remove all of the caffeine from your body if you drink a cup of tea or coffee.
If you are having problems sleeping or are waking up feeling tired no matter how much sleep you get, minimise caffeine and increase your fluid intake by drinking more water, herbal teas and dilute fruit juices.