'Certain foods can really mess with your sleep cycle,' says Margo. 'Steer clear of foods containing tyramine. Aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes and potatoes all have tyramine – it can stimulate your adrenaline production which is not what you want before you nod off.' Dark choclolate and alcohol should also be struck off the list (sorry!) as both can fire up your cortisol levels as you sleep making you wake in the middle of the night. Avoiding the stimulation of coffee before bed is obvious enough, but if you're still drinking tea then watch out. Instead, drink warm almond milk, mint tea and load up on soy beans, pumpkin seeds and turkey, all of which contain sleep-boosting tryptophan.
How to boost your beauty sleep
We could all do with an extra dose of beauty sleep, right? The midnight hour is the time when your body essentially gives itself an MOT – your skin regenerates faster, your memory gets a boost and your inflammatory (AKA aging) responses are curbed. Oh, and then there’s the fact that a good night’s sleep immeasurably brightens your complexion, banishes dark circles and gives you a lovely, healthy glow. The only catch is that despite how tired we all are, sleep can be pretty elusive. How much of the day do you spend yawning? How many minutes do you lose each morning hitting ‘snooze’, only to find that come bedtime you’re very…awake? Whether it’s the pressures of work, a tech addiction or a noisy neighbour, getting your forty winks is no mean feat. We spoke to Margo Marrone, founder of The Organic Pharmacy to get her top tips for a better night’s beauty sleep. No sleep mask required…
By Daniela Morosini