Sleep School lesson 2: Nutrients & Sleep

Good afternoon everyone, welcome to lesson two of your sleep school term, we hope you enjoyed your last class. Today we’re going to focus on nutrition and sleep. Pop quiz, does anyone know what nutrients are best to aid sleep? Another question for top marks, do you know the best foods to find them in? It can always be a struggle eating healthily, whilst thinking how it can affect your sleep, and let’s not forget the days when all your need is a big slice of pizza (we feel your pain…delivery to the office please!). For this lesson, we’ve taken a look further and found three nutrients that have been proven to help you achieve that well deserved slumber that you need.

Vitamin D

If during the day you find you feel tired and worn out, then it has been proven that this may be caused by a vitamin D deficiency. Of course, living in England, finding the sun is a constant hardship (why can’t we relocate to Bora Bora please Charlie?), but the rays are the best way to source this vitamin.

As it’s January now, and we are soon expecting snow (it may be time to get that winter tog duvet ordered) we have as little chance of winning the Euromillions then getting a nice day soaking up vitamin D in the sun, so we tracked down some foods that you can eat to bring a small amount of vitamin D back into your lives (welcome back!).

For dinner tonight why not have…fish oil, mushrooms, cheese and egg yolks. Of course, if none of these are floating your boat you can always take a daily supplement.

Egg yolks help you sleep


We’ve all been there, you’ve been tired all day, counting down the minutes until your back in bed, and suddenly you’re wide awake and full of life. Studies have found insomnia sufferers can suffer from a magnesium deficiency, and this plays a huge factor in regulating sleep.

To make sure you’re getting enough magnesium in your life, why not try adding dried fruit, dark chocolate, or avocados to your diet.
dark chocolate and sleepPotassium

Tossing and turning at night can be frustrating, especially if you find you can’t sleep through until the morning. It was found in a study that a lack of potassium can be a factor in individuals staying asleep throughout the night. If you’re looking for a quick fix, why not start taking a potassium tablet with your daily multivitamin. Or if you’re looking for a natural way to bring this nutrient into your diet, start by adding bananas, yoghurt, potatoes or squash into your meal plan.

bananas and sleep

So there you have it, three proven nutrients that have been tested to help you feel well rested, energetic and all at just a small change to your diet.

What do you think? Have you trial and tested any of these wonder foods?

We hope you have enjoyed lesson two of sleep school, don’t miss out next Friday for the third instalment. Don’t be late!

Class dismissed.

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