How to sleep: Snack before bed to 'stabilise blood sugar' helps people fall asleep


Award-winning nutritional therapist Christine Bailey spoke to about how to get a good night’s sleep.

The nutritionist, recipe developer, author, chef, advises what she calls “time-restricted eating”.

In short, this means stopping eating at a certain time before bed to help sleep.

Christine said: “For a lot of clients I encourage them to do what’s called time-restricted eating.

“So, let’s try and get them to eat as early as possible, say by about 7pm.

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How does food affect sleep?

Diet affects sleep in a number of ways and can have a profound impact on the quality of sleep.

Whether it’s mineral and vitamin deficiencies causing trouble sleeping, or blood sugar levels, paying attention to what you eat can help with sleep.

Foods to encourage sleep

Fruit and veg

Eating a variety of fruits and veg throughout the day is important to get enough vitamins and minerals, contributing to better sleep.


Almonds contain magnesium, which has been associated with better sleep.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea contains an antioxidant called apigenin, which might help you feel sleepy.

Nutritionist Rosie Millen, the author behind Burnout’s a B*tch, discussed some foods to be wary of when trying to sleep well.

She said there are some food people should never eat before going to bed.

“The most obvious one here is coffee,” Rosie said.

“Caffeine has a half-life of about four to five hours so if you drink a cup of coffee after dinner at 9pm, four hours later half of the caffeine is still going to be in your bloodstream keeping you awake.


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