I was asked an interesting question today, that I thought I’d share with you all.

‘Are there any particular foods I should give my child to help them to sleep?’

My answer – yes there are! Avoiding the obvious (sugar etc.), but lets not talk about that now. There are a number of foods that contain an amino acid called Tryptophan. This is a precursor to seratonin and melatonin (both of which are essential for sleep). Therefore, if you ingest a decent amount, it can help to increase your child’s melatonin levels, and thus increases their ability to fall asleep.

Foods such as chicken, turkey, milk, nuts and seeds all contain Tryptophan. Arguably, the impact will not be huge (don’t expect your child to eat and then suddenly fall asleep at the table!), but its another tool in your toolbox to try.

So you may want to try to consider incorporating these foods at dinner time