The humble egg may be a breakfast staple, but did you know it can actually help you get a better night’s sleep?
Eggs are packed with useful vitamins and hormones that humans use for sleep. For example, eggs contain melatonin, a hormone that plays an important role in regulating our natural body clock. We need melatonin not only to help us stay awake, but to also fall asleep. Egg whites also contain the amino acid tryptophan, which the body uses to make melatonin.
Egg yolks are one of only a few foods that contain Vitamin D, which is a vitamin thought to boost our ability to maintain sleep. Egg yolks also contain selenium, an antioxidant that helps us fall asleep quicker, and get better quality sleep.
And finally, eggs are a source of protein and fat which will help stabilise your blood sugar level before bed. When our blood sugar is too low, it can negatively impact our sleep.
Quick and easy ways to eat eggs before bed
- Try a breakfast dish for dinner, such as avocado on toast plus a poached egg.
- Make a vegetable frittata for dinner
- Add a boiled egg to your salads and noodles
- Make shakshuka
- Add an egg to a baked potato with cheese and chives
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