A Good Night’s Sleep Is Just A Superfood Away Everyone wants to wake up feeling refreshed and as fit as a fiddle. That’s totally possible with a good night’s sleep. If you do struggle to sleep, you’re about to change that. Yes, it’s absolutely doable with some easy real life hacks that will make your sleep time your favorite time of the day! Why is sleep so important? Sleep is the only time to recharge your batteries. Throughout the day, our brain takes in an incredible amount of information. The information is processed while we are asleep and this memory is transferred from short-term memory to long-term memory. When we have a good night’s rest, we will retain the information better and perform better on memory tasks. That’s not it. According to the National Sleep Foundation, our bodies need ample amounts of sleep to restore, rejuvenate, grow muscles, repair tissues, synthesize hormones, coordinate functions and so much more, making it a very active period! Now that you understand the importance of a good night’s sleep, how can you improve the quality of your sleep? Having proper nutrition in your daily life is the most essential factor in getting a good night’s rest. You are what you eat. What’s the secret ingredient to proper nutrition? Enter superfoods. Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods which are beneficial for your health and overall well-being. They are usually very simple to incorporate in your diet and will add loads of goodness for you. Here’re 5 superfoods that will help you sleep like a baby. 1) Ashwagandha Have you heard of ashwagandha before? If not, you’ll be so grateful to know it today! Ashwagandha is botanically known as Withania Somnifera. Guess what somnifera means: sleep-inducing! Ashwagandha contains active ingredients that are powerful for sleep induction. In the research published in the Journal of Medicinal Sciences, ashwagandha root extract shows the ability to improve sleep quality and sleep onset latency (time it takes to go from being fully awake to sleeping). A study also shows that it also reduces anxiety which we all know is a key downplayer for a good sleep. #nxtLVLtip: Add ashwagandha powder to a warm glass of plant-based milk before you go to sleep. It’s the sip of slumber! 2) Raw walnuts Does not getting proper sleep make you go nuts? Walnuts can help! Walnuts have a very high content of melatonin, the sleep hormone and serotonin, the happy hormone. Melatonin is sometimes called the ‘Dracula of hormones’ as it is awakened only in the dark! Having good levels of melatonin will help in getting a good night’s sleep. Serotonin is melatonin’s partner in crime – it makes you feel so good you’ll forget that you ever had troubles falling asleep! #nxtLVLtip: Grab some walnuts at night or add them subtly to your dinner’s salad bowl. And since melatonin is activated only when it’s dark, make sure to switch off all bright lights! 3) Turmeric Turmeric is not called the golden spice for no reason. Its benefits are profound and non-exhaustive. But since we are talking about sleep, here’s a little secret: turmeric can help you get your beauty sleep too! The results of a study showed that long-term administration of curcurmin (the active compound in turmeric) could reverse the effects of chronic stress. It also showed good potential for protecting the hippocampus region of the brain. It also fights inflammation and reduces anxiety. It’s probably due to all these reasons that it has been used as an Ayurvedic medicine for over 3000 years! #nxtLVLtip: Have a warm glass of turmeric milk at night. Don’t forget to add pepper! Just by adding pepper, turmeric can be 2000 times better absorbed by the body! 4) Cherries and banana Sounds like the ingredients for a smoothie? Research shows that cherries have one of the largest contents of melatonin (our favourite sleep hormone) in fruits, followed by bananas. What’s so wonderful about them is that they will also satisfy your sweet tooth, both being naturally sweet. These fruits help you fall asleep faster and reduce the number of times you’ll wake up in the middle of the night. #nxtLVLtip: Have a banana and a few cherries a while before bedtime so that you allow time for the melatonin to work. Try this out for a period of time so you can feel a noticeable difference! 5) Maca Maca which is dubbed as the peruvian ginseng surely lives up to its expectations. A study conducted to gather the effect of maca shows that it is beneficial in reducing depression and lowering blood pressure, especially in post-menopausal women. It has also shown promise in hormonal balance which is very essential for proper sleep cycles. It helps you manage your stress better and reduces anxiety which are two most common factors which bar you from getting a good night’s rest. #nxtLVLtip: Replace your afternoon coffee with a maca drink. This superfood will work wonders for you! Getting a good night’s sleep is in your hands. Your body is your temple which constantly needs work to be done on it. And for that to happen – you need to sleep! Make time to have superfood-rich meals and improve your nutrition levels. It’s important to remember that it’s not only about eating the right foods but also about avoiding unhealthy foods on a regular basis. Grab your sleep superfoods today! 100% Ashwagandha Powder SGD 21.90 — or subscribe and save 25% Add To Bag 100% Turmeric Powder SGD 17.90 — or subscribe and save 25% Add To Bag Also, explore our range of 100% organic superfood powders and drink mixes which are vegan-friendly, gluten-free and non-GMO here.