On World Sleep Day, it is important to note that sleep and diet are interlinked. Research has shown that poor sleep can cause excessive hunger and this can lead to obesity and diabetes mellitus. Diet can also influence your sleep quality.  What you eat, when you eat and how much you eat are deciding factors on how well you are going to sleep tonight. Did you know that there are foods that can help induce sleep? If you have been having trouble sleeping at night and if you have been relying on OTC sleeping pills, you have got to try making these foods a part of your daily diet.

Milk: Milk has an amino acid called tryptophan which lulls you to sleep. Tryptophan plays an important role in producing serotonin which is a neurotransmitter that is linked to melatonin, a hormone which regulates your sleep and wake-up cycle. This enables you to sleep better. Before you go to sleep, have a glass of warm milk. You could also add turmeric to it to make it more nutritious.

Banana: Full of nutrients that promote good sleep, the humble banana can help you sleep better. Bananas are known for their high levels of magnesium and potassium as well as tryptophan, all of which work to help your body regulate its sleep cycle. Have a banana after your dinner.

Chamomile tea: Don’t you think that having a cup of chai is one of the most relaxing parts of your day? Well, it is even more so when it is chamomile tea. Chamomile is known for its powerful sedative properties. A cup of chamomile tea will instantly calm your down because of the presence of a flavonoid called apigenin, which has been scientifically proven to be effective as an antidepressant. Steep a cup of chamomile tea and have it without sugar and milk just before bedtime.

Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate contains the mind-calming serotonin which helps you feel sleepy. Looking for healthy dessert options post dinner? Bite into a piece of dark chocolate after your meal to ensure you sleep like a baby.

Oats in milk: Oats may be popular as breakfast across the globe. But oats, especially in milk, can also help induce sleep. Oats are rich in magnesium, calcium, melatonin and milk has tryptophan. Oats are also high in carbohydrates content and that can make you sleepy. This is why oats with milk works well if you are looking for good sleep.