Let’s face it, when you’re stressed, the last thing that comes easily is a good night’s sleep.


The stress and anxiety surrounding COVID-19 can take a toll on your body, especially if you’re not able to get the rest you need. A lack of sleep can have adverse effects on your heart, lungs, immune system, metabolism and mood. That’s why it’s important to take steps to help you get better sleep, including eating the right foods at the right times.


To start, avoid eating late at night and make sure your breakfast, lunch and dinner are nutritious. Eating more of your recommended daily calories earlier in the day helps give you the energy you need, while not eating for at least three hours before bed can set you up for a better night of sleep.


Some foods that are shown to help benefit sleep include Greek yogurt, fish, bananas, broccoli, almonds and walnuts oranges, tomatoes and kale.


Avoiding eating large amounts of red meat, fried or spicy foods, sugar, coffee and alcohol is also a smart step to help a good night’s sleep.


If you’re looking for a snack, consider peanut butter on whole wheat bread, celery and hummus, plain popcorn, oatmeal or chamomile tea as a healthy way to keep your body on track for a restful night.


Exercising during the day can also help you get a restful night’s sleep. Stay-at-home orders do still allow you to go outside for exercise, be it walking, jogging or riding a bike. Be responsible and maintain safe social distancing while taking advantage of the start of spring.


Keeping your mind at ease is also key to quality sleep. When it comes to information overload, getting information from trustworthy sources on COVID-19 can help. Click here for the latest updates from McLaren to keep you and your family safe.