Whether it is shift work impacting your ability to consistently get a good night's sleep, are currently parenting newborns or toddlers, or have found since COVID appeared in our lives that sleep has become inconsistent or disjointed, we all know how a lack of good quality sleep can have a huge impact on our mental health and wellbeing. 

Doctors recommend getting a minimum of 7-8 hours of good quality sleep each night and that we go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. For so many of us, this just is not possible.

If you are not able to achieve the recommended gold standard, there are little adjustments that can be made to your diet to help encourage a deep and sound sleep when it is needed most. 

Certain fruits and vegetables either contain a small amount of melatonin that will help your body relax into sleeping, or they contain vitamins and minerals that will encourage the production of melatonin in the body. Consuming these foods before heading off to bed will help to relax you and promote a deeper, more nourishing sleep.

Try out this juice recipe filled with the vitamins and minerals needed to help encourage a restful sleep. If it is shift work that is causing a disrupted sleep, make this before you head off on your shift and have it waiting in the fridge for when you get home.