Nothing is more likely to make us grumpy, miserable and unable to focus than sleep deprivation. And in the long term, sleep is critical to a long and healthy life. Eating more foods that naturally increase melatonin production — a hormone that helps control sleep cycles — can help us sleep more soundly. The production of melatonin requires tryptophan, along with various other enzymes, vitamins and minerals — such as magnesium and B vitamins — which are all found in plentiful amounts in oats.
The slow-release carbohydrates of oats also set you up for a steady blood sugar balance throughout the day, which means you are less likely to feel anxious or irritable.
Jumbo oats are the best option and have a delicious, nutty flavour. If you are not a fan of porridge, try soaking oats overnight in apple juice or water with dried fruit for added flavour and serve cold with grated apple and cinnamon.
Remember oats can also be served up as delicious and nutritious oat cakes too. Nairns is a tried and trusted brand with great variety. Topping recipe ideas can be found on their website so make sure to experiment!