Not everyone relies on coffee to get their day going. Some start the morning with a smoothie for that burst of energy. But it turns out, swapping some of the fruits and veggies in your blender can create a bedtime smoothie that works to help put you to sleep instead.
The key is choosing the ingredients that are known to make you sleepy and help you get quality rest. These would make great additions to your nighttime blended beverage:
- Bananas - They contain tryptophan, which helps you get to sleep, as well as B vitamins and magnesium and potassium, which relax muscles.
- Cherries - They’re a natural source of melatonin, which is a hormone our bodies make as well, that helps us fall asleep faster and helps us stay asleep longer.
- Almonds - These nuts aren’t just packed with nutrition, they’ve also got tryptophan and magnesium, so they’re great for your bedtime smoothie.
- Kiwi - Research shows the high levels of antioxidants and serotonin in this fruit help people fall asleep more quickly, sleep more soundly, and get more quality sleep overall.
It’s suggested that you drink your sleepytime smoothie about half an hour before you want to fall asleep. And that’s also a good time to shut down your computer and turn your phone off for the night. Sweet dreams!