Foods to help children sleep
All the foods on this list contain an amino acid called tryptophan. Eating these foods helps your body to produce a hormone called melatonin. Melatonin helps to regulate sleep.
Milk and milk products
Traditional milk products (warm), yogurt and soya milk
Chicken and turkey
Cod, tuna, mackerel and salmon
Cheddar, processed cheese and cottage cheese
Apples, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, avocado, pineapples and peaches
Spinach, asparagus, green peas, broccoli, tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, mushrooms, cucumbers and potatoes
Walnuts, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, chestnuts and almonds
Ground flax, sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Mung beans, soya beans, kidney beans, lima beans, chickpeas and tofu
Wheat, brown rice, red rice, barley, corn and oats
Try our simple recipe for sleepy flapjacks:
- 150 grams of oats
- 150 grams of peanut butter
- 100 grams of honey
- 1 or 2 ripe bananas
1. Melt peanut butter, mix in oats and honey (optional)
2. Spread onto a greased baking sheet.
3. Cook for 20 minutes at 175 or gas mark 5.
4. Refrigerate for 2 hours and store in fridge.