Considerations When Choosing Foods to Help You Sleep
Eating specific foods is just one strategy to help yourself get to sleep. However, eating particular foods — no matter how rich in sleep-promoting nutrients — is unlikely to help if you have poor sleep hygiene or an unrelated sleep disorder. Instead, combine your sleep-promoting diet with behavioral changes that help you get to sleep. Of particular importance is following a regular routine every night. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, even on the weekends. This allows your body to adapt, promoting a regular circadian rhythm.
If your inability to get to sleep or stay asleep persists even after making behavioral changes and eating foods that help you sleep, it may be time to see a doctor. Visiting a sleep specialist for a sleep study can help you determine whether a sleep disorder or some other physiological condition is preventing you from getting the sleep you need.