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How To Get A Good Nights Sleep

Everyone wants to know the answer to getting a great nights sleep and waking up feeling refreshed and ready for the day! But what is the answer? While we all know that drinking caffiene will keep you awake, and eating cheese late at night may give you nightmares, there really doesn't appear to be one definitive answer on how to get the best nights sleep. From making your bedroom as dark as possible, to avoiding using bright screens such as a computers and iPad's before bed, there are so many different suggestions, but the focus appears to be on finding out what works for you. But what if we don't actually know what works for us?! Well we have been researching certain foods to embrace and avoid in those few hours before bedtime to help get those zzz's going strong! Sleeeepy foods: Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 10.33.17KALE - a regular must-eat superfood with endless benefits, kale also helps you get your beauty sleep. Being loaded loaded with calcium, kale and other seasonal green leafy vegetables help the brain use tryptophan to manufacture melatonin and serotonin. Have light meals such as our Brussels Sprout & Kale Superfood Salad or a cleansing soup at the end of your day using lots of green veg is therefore a sure fire way to improve your sleep. SWEET POTATOES - A sleeper’s dream. Not only do these nutritiously rich root vegetables provide sleep-promoting complex carbohydrates, they also contain that muscle-relaxant potassium. Try our Curried Sweet Potato recipe from our new cookbook Honestly Healthy for life to soothe you into a calm sleep. Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 12.12.40TEA - In our new book, Honestly Healthy for Life we have a whole page dedicated to homemade tea and tisane recipes.  There is little so relaxing as a calming cup of tea, especially with the addition of something soothing like rosebuds. Tea is a fast growing industry with the supermarket shelves brimming with all sorts of combinations. Don't be afraid to make your own though and play around with some immunity beauties in your spice cupboard - think cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger. While Chamomile and Valerian Root are particularly well known herbal infusions to bring on a good sleep. Note though - green and white teas like black tea, do also contain caffeine so avoid them late at night. Foods to avoid before hitting the sack: CELERY: Don't get me wrong, celery is a fabulous ingredient to include in your cooking, smoothies and juices. However, celery is a diuretic so eating it before bed will disturb the zzz's and may mean you are popping to the loo in the middle of the night. AlCOHOL: Despite the belief that alcohol sends you into a beautiful sleepinstead, it actually interferes with the restorative functions of sleep, often paving the way for shallow sleep and several awakenings throughout the night. So instead of having that glass of wine, have a look at this article from JING tea on the levels of caffeine in their amazing range of artisan teas. Opt for one of these at the end of your dinner a couple of hours before bed. GARLIC: Garlic is known as a 'hot herb,' and, along with spicy food, it tends to have some properties in it that can cause heartburn. Garlic is fantastic for your health, so don't avoid eating it, just eat a few hours before getting into bed, so that your body has time to fully digest. So there we are, obviously there are many more foods to embrace and avoid than these few, but heres some to get you started, and see how many extra zzzz's you manage to catch!    

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