HOW TO MAXIMIZE SEROTONIN FOR BETTER SLEEP
Serotonin, the happy neurotransmitter, is key to having a good night’s sleep. It has a calming effect on the body, and in unison with it's buddy melatonin, helps to regulate your sleep cycle.
The best news is, you can harness it's power to help you drift off faster, and sleep deeper.
How serotonin works to help you sleep
As you start winding down and relaxing in bed, your serotonin levels increase. This signals the body to produce melatonin which helps stimulate sleepiness, lowers your body temperature and regulates your sleep cycle.
How to increase serotonin for better sleep
We know serotonin levels need to rise to stimulate sleep, but if we’re lacking in stored serotonin, this process is tricky. So! Optimise your serotonin in simple ways.
Up your protein
Tryptophan is a snazzy precursors that gets transformed into serotonin and melatonin in the body. So! To optimise serotonin, you can increase your intake of naturally-occurring proteins that contain tryptophan. Lentils, pulses, dairy, fish and meat, all contain tryptophan, which help increase your serotonin production.
Don’t believe the hype
Another precursor to serotonin in 5-HTP, and plenty of supplements contain 5-HTP boasting to help boost your serotonin. 5-HTP when ingested though, has difficulty crossing the blood/brain barrier, so don’t waste your money on fancy supplements with 5-HTP! Look for natural tryptophan-rich foods instead.
Increase your probiotics
We know increasing the microbiota or flora in your gut increases the production of serotonin.
Let’s get nerdy: The microbiota promotes serotonin production via various metabolites, including short-chain fatty acid (SCFA)
Meaning? When you eat foods that promote healthy gut flora like yoghurt, fermented foods and We Are Cultured Magic Dust tea, you produce more serotonin.
When you have more serotonin, your body can call on these stores to help stimulate sleep!