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Eat Fruits to Sleep Better

  • 22 May 2017
  • By Shveta Bhagat
Eat Fruits to Sleep Better

Did you know consuming some fruits can lead to a good night’s Sleep? They contain sleep inducing properties that can banish insomnia altogether in the long run, if had regularly. Embrace this all natural way of falling asleep soundly.

Here are fruits you could take your pick from-

  • Grapes: Grapes contain melatonin and this antioxidant hormone appears to effectively treat jet lag, delayed sleep phase syndrome and insomnia. If eaten in large quantities before bed, foods containing melatonin might enable deeper sleep with fewer disruptions. Additionally, grapes are an excellent source of immune-supporting antioxidant phytonutrients such as anthocyanins and resveratrol.
  • Cherries: Apart from other health benefits, melatonin-rich tart cherries are shown to aid sleep. When adults with chronic insomnia drink a glass of tart cherry juice twice a day their sleep is shown to improve. Tart cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin, which is responsible for the regulation of the body's internal clock and sleep-wake cycle.
  • Bananas: Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both. They also contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-HTP in the brain. The 5-HTP in turn is converted to serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) and melatonin. Interestingly the scientific term for banana is “musa sapientum”, meaning the fruit of wise men.
  • Passion Fruit: In addition to being an excellent source of your daily dietary needs Passion Fruit has been known to help relieve anxiety, muscle tension, headaches, and insomnia. Passion fruit also known as “purple granadilla” is a tropical fruit with an orange pulpy inside and edible seeds, known to promote an overall calming effect.
  • Watermelon: Melons are good not just for losing weight but also great sleep. The antioxidant boost it gives the body helps aid sleep. This healthy fruit helps eliminate thirst, which is one reason that many people get up in the night. By eating a few slices after dinner, one can extend the deep stages of sleep by 27%. The reason is watermelon's polysaccharide carbohydrates rev the body's output of serotonin. When levels of serotonin increase at night, the brain is less sensitive to disruptive stimuli like noise during sleep.


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