How to sleep: Six of the best bedtime snacks to help you fall asleep fast

The body needs enough sleep to help it function properly, according to the NHS.

Not getting enough sleep is bad for your health; mentally and physically.

Regular poor sleep increases your risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

You’re also more likely to develop depression and anxiety if you don’t get enough rest.

But, you could get a better night’s rest by adding these five food and drinks to your bedtime diet.

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Kiwi fruit

Eating kiwi fruit before bed could help you to fall asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed, according to Dr Brianna Elliott.

Snack on two kiwis before getting into bed, as you could fall asleep 42 per cent faster, she said.

“The sleep-promoting effects of kiwis are thought to be due to their content of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps regulate your sleep cycle,” said Elliott.

“It has also been suggested that the antioxidants in kiwis, such as vitamin C and carotenoids, may be partly responsible for their sleep-promoting effects. This is thought to be due to their role in reducing inflammation.”

Almonds

Almonds are a great source of magnesium.

Magnesium could promote sleep by reducing inflammation, and reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

“If you want to eat almonds before bed to determine if they impact your sleep quality, a one ounce [28g] serving, or about a handful, should be adequate,” said Elliott.

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