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Healthy Foods to Promote Sleep in Children

Many factors affect how your child will sleep at night including the quality of their kids mattress, screen time during the day, and their diet. In fact, what we put in our children’s bodies affects their energy levels throughout the day and how soundly they will sleep at night. That’s why it's crucial that our children are eating a healthy, balanced diet to promote a great night’s sleep in their Sleep System bed.

Foods for a Great Night’s Sleep

Foods for a Great Night’s SleepIf your child is consuming a diet high in processed foods and sugars, they probably are not sleeping well at night. Instead, try feeding them a whole-food diet and notice the difference in their sleep. 5 Little Monkeys recommends the following foods:

Fruits & Vegetables: All children should eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables. This is where they are going to get the majority of the vitamins and minerals their bodies need to grow and develop. With vegetables, it's especially important that your child eats leafy greens like spinach, broccoli, and asparagus as these are great for promoting a healthy lifestyle and helping with sleep.

Whole Grains: Whole grains are important to keep your child full and give them the energy they need throughout the day. Great grain options for kids include oats, rice, whole wheat or rye bread, and quinoa. All of these whole grains help control your child’s glycemic index and will help regulate their melatonin levels which help them sleep!

Lean Proteins: Protein is necessary for your child’s growing body. It’s important to choose lean proteins, low in fat, to give your child the best and healthiest foods for their development. Lean proteins for kids can include chicken, fish, beans, peanut butter, tofu, and nuts. Ensuring that your child consumes enough protein throughout the day will help them play hard and fall asleep quickly.

Water: Your child should be consuming primarily water throughout the day. You should avoid sugary and processed drinks as they are unhealthy and will negatively affect your child’s sleep.

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To ensure a great night’s sleep, feed your child a healthy, balanced diet and choose the 5 Little Monkeys’ Sleep System bed for your kids. You’ll quickly notice how well your child sleeps through the night, we guarantee it with our 100 night’s sleep risk free. Shop our kids mattress today!