Whether you deal with chronic insomnia, or you’ve just spent way too many nights tossing and turning, you know the effect that sleep can have on how you feel. In addition to feeling just plain tired, you might also have difficulty concentrating, feel a little more easily irritated, or experience more symptoms like headaches. In addition to other good sleep hygiene, your diet can play a huge role in helping you to get a restful night’s sleep.
Chocolate Cherry Green Smoothie // Root + Revel
Cherries help to increase melatonin, making them a great fruit to help with healthy sleep habits. This yummy smoothie pairs chocolate with cherries, and has hidden greens and protein for added nutrition.
Dreamy Pink Moon Milk // Choosing Chia
Moon milk is a bedtime drink that is specially designed to be calming. This moon milk gets its beautiful pink colour from the addition of tart cherry juice and anti-inflammatory beets.
Blueberry Moon Milk // One Armed Mama
This gorgeous moon milk is made with blueberries and adaptogens designed to help with relaxation, as well as warming spices like turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon.
Sleepy Time Spiced Apple Cider // Reclaiming Yesterday
This delicious warm and spicy apple cider is made with a herbal extract that is intended to help promote sleep, making it the perfect drink to wind down with before bed.
Rosehip Chamomile Tea Latte // Meg is Well
Chamomile tea is an excellent option for winding down before bed, and this delicious latte combines it with calming rosehip simple syrup.
Tart Cherry Sleepytime Elixir // Abra’s Kitchen
This calming warm drink is packed full of ingredients designed to help you relax into a deep sleep, including cherries, lavender, and chamomile.
Cherry Time Sleep Shake // Cotter Crunch
With tart cherry juice and valerian to help calm the nervous system, this tasty smoothie also has protein to help keep blood sugar levels stable throughout the night.
Cherry Turmeric Bedtime Tea // Love and Zest
Make your own Sleepytime tea with this recipe made with tart cherries, chamomile tea, turmeric, and ginger.
Chamomile Tea Latte // Oh How Civilized
With vanilla and chamomile, this frothy, creamy drink is a delicious warm drink and a great alternative to your afternoon latte.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl // Healthy Liv
Sweet potato is a complex carbohydrate which is helpful for promoting sleep, plus they also contain potassium, which is a natural muscle relaxer. Though it’s called a breakfast bowl, this sweet potato bowl is perfect for bedtime too, topped with nuts, nut butter, and cinnamon.
Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal // Lively Table
Oatmeal is another great complex carb that is helpful for restful sleep, plus nuts are a great source of healthy fats and protein to help keep you feeling satiated throughout the night.
Sweet Potato Nice Cream Split // Feasting on Fruit
Though a bowl of ice cream sounds delicious before bed, the truth is that its not the best option to help you get a good night’s rest. Instead, try this healthier twist on a banana split, made with a sweet potato for complex carbs, and ice cream made out of bananas, to help relax your body.
Sweet Potato Quinoa Muffins // Ilona’s Passion
As we’ve mentioned, sweet potato is a great complex carb to help with sleep, and quinoa is, too! These muffins also have chocolate chips and added chocolate, so they taste delicious!
Almond Butter Banana Protein Balls // The Real Food Dietitians
A protein-rich snack can be a great option before bed because it helps to keep your blood sugar levels stable. These bites have a great blend of protein, fats, and carbs, plus the almond butter, banana, and chocolate chip combo is amazing.
Sweet Potato Coconut Mash // Haute & Healthy Living
This fun twist on mashed potatoes is a great option to have as a side dish or, because it’s a little sweet with the addition of maple, coconut, and chopped pecans, it can also be a sweet snack before bed.
Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes // Nourished the Blog
We love this twist on roasted sweet potatoes, topped with maple and cinnamon! Like the mashed potatoes, they make a great snack, or can be part of your dinner to help prepare your body for sleep.
Dark Chocolate Blueberry Mac Nut Clusters // Fun Without FODMAPS
If you need a little bit of chocolate before bed, these nut clusters are a great option. Choosing a dark chocolate that is rich in magnesium can help with sleep, plus coconut oil and macadamia nuts will help keep you feeling satisfied.
Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Muffins // Chef Savvy
These muffins are quick to whip up in your blender, and have potassium from the bananas, as well as protein from the peanut butter and eggs!
Soft-Baked Banana Oatmeal Bars // Five Heart Home
These yummy soft-baked bars make a great bedtime snack, thanks to the complex carbs from oatmeal as well as potassium from the banana, plus you can add nuts if you’d like.