Struggling to nod off at night?
According to a sleep expert, eating eight almonds and two dates within 30 minutes of waking up will help you sleep better at the end of the day.
Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, sleep therapist and author of Tired But Wired: How to Overcome Your Sleep Problems, told The Telegraph that the combo provides the ideal balance of balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates. This mixture gets your metabolism going, stabilises your blood sugar and helps your body produce the sleep inducing hormone melatonin.
"It's as simple as this: If you don't breakfast, your body believes it is living in famine and produces stress hormones that are not conducive to restful sleep,” Dr Ramlakhan told The Telegraph.
“But by eating breakfast, you’re letting your body know there is enough food and you are living in safety, which in turn switches on your sleep, energy systems.”
“Eight almonds and two dates is a brilliant start to the day for anyone as they wake up.”
That duo might not be enough to sustain you on its own, so perhaps bung them in your morning smoothie and wait for the blissful zzz's come evening.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health.