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What is the Ideal Sleepy Snack

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Ensuring a restful night’s sleep for your little one involves more than just a comfy bed and a favourite teddy bear. Incorporating the right bedtime sleepy snack into their routine can make a significant difference. Little Dreams collaborated with the Sleep Charity (UK) to curate a list of sleep-friendly snacks that not only taste good but also contribute to a peaceful night’s sleep for your child.

Types of Food

Almonds: Almonds aren’t just a tasty treat; they contain magnesium, promoting both sleep and muscle relaxation. Additionally, they help stabilize sugar levels overnight, preventing unnecessary disruptions in your child’s sleep.

Bananas: Packed with magnesium and potassium, bananas are not only a delicious snack but also contain tryptophan and amino acids that aid in inducing sleep. However, be mindful of the sugar content in fruits.

Dairy Delights: Yoghurt, milk, and cheese are rich in tryptophan, contributing to easier nod-offs. Calcium, present in dairy, is effective in stress reduction. And fear not, the old myth that cheese induces nightmares is just that – a myth!

Oatmeal Magic: Oatmeal is a superb supper choice, boasting calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, and potassium – all promoting better sleep. Bonus: it might even help prevent those midnight diaper changes for younger children.

Cherries: Nature’s sleep aid, cherries naturally boost melatonin production. Whether consumed as fresh, frozen, dried, or in the form of juice, cherries have been proven to aid in achieving a restful night’s sleep.

Cereal Sensibility: Opt for cereals with complex carbohydrates to increase tryptophan availability in the bloodstream. Steer clear of sugar-coated varieties to avoid a potential sugar rush that could disrupt your little one’s sleep.

Power of Lentils, Turkey, and Wholemeal Bread: Recent studies have found sleep-inducing qualities in lentils, turkey, and wholemeal bread. Including these in your child’s diet may contribute to a more serene bedtime routine.

Incorporating these nutritious and sleepy snacks into your little one’s evening routine can be a game-changer for their sleep quality. However, always be mindful of individual preferences and consult with healthcare professionals if you have concerns. Sweet dreams await your little one as they enjoy these delightful bedtime bites!

And remember, if you’re facing any sleep-related challenges, feel free to reach out to us for a complimentary 15-minute chat – we’re here to help!

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