For most of us motherhood equals sleepless nights AKA total exhaustion.
Sleep deserts us in pregnancy, never … it can seem at times … to be seen again.
Or at least not when our kids are small.
As soon as your child is finally sleeping well, something else crops up that requires you to be wide awake in the middle of the night.
She’s great at going back to sleep herself.Her mother meanwhile is wide awake, counting down in horror the hours until the alarm!
For most of us waking once … or even twice … in the night wouldn’t be sooo bad IF we could actually sleep easily and restfully in the first place, and then go back to sleep quickly.
So much stuff can keep us awake … caffeine, anxiety, partners snoring ..!!
But for many mums the big thing that ruins our ability to sleep is actually FOOD.
Poor Diet Stops Us Sleeping
The crummy, sugar laden diet that many of us slip into … hands up there! … when we’re on the run leaves us short on the six nutrients absolutely super essential to a good night’s sleep …
- Niacin … B3
- Panothenic Acid … B5
- Folic Acid … B9
- Cobalamin … B12
The brilliant Bs produce the happy hormone serotonin which then creates the sleep hormone melatonin. Calcium helps you go back to sleep. And magnesium helps you stay asleep.
1. Snack on Seeds & Nuts
Plonk ’em on porridge, sprinkle ’em in salads & chuck ’em in whatever you’re cooking … 🙂
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sesame seeds
This little lot are chock full of B3, B5, magnesium and calcium you need for great sleep.
2. All a Bit Fishy!
Fish is quick under the grill & canned oily fish can be thrown in salads, sandwiches & pasta …
They are a great source of B3 and particularly B12.
3. Perfect Pulses
Soaking pulses is an awful fag but cans of pulses can be chucked in pasta and curry sauces and casseroles snatched from the freezer … and they’re fab tossed in salad …
- Dried peas
- Black eyed peas
- Garbanzo / chickpeas
- Black beans
- Navy / haricot beans
- Kidney beans
- Black beans
- White Beans
Pulses are particularly good for B9.
4. Super Grains
If you haven’t discovered spelt four and quinoa yet, you MUST!
Quinoa is an iron rich, high fibre, full protein that is high in magnesium. It’s not stricly speaking a grain but is a fab alternative to pasta, rice, cous cous etc as the base of a meal.
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5. Virtuous Veg
Green leafy veg are our best friends for so much and being rich in calcium and magnesium they help with sleep. But mushrooms, avocado and sweet potatoes which are high in B5 and asparagus which is high in B9 will also help …
- Sweet Potatoes
- Bok Choy
If you’re short on time, an avocado is a perfect dessert, baby spinach can be eaten raw in salad and broccoli, kale, bok choy & asparagus can be steamed in less than 10 minutes.
So there you have it.
30 fab foods that help you sleep even if your little ones don’t 😉
I do hope they help…