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Can food ever really help you sleep?

Sleep deprivation is a global epidemic with scary implications for human wellbeing. For those who find it hard to get to sleep, could a solution lie on our dinner plates? And are bananas really ‘sleeping pills in a peel’, as one headline has claimed? Sue Quinn investigates


If a good night’s sleep is just a dream for you, welcome to the growing ranks of the blearyeyed club. According to one survey, more than 60 per cent of Britons are unhappy with the amount of shuteye they’re getting.

The latest research has linked sleep deprivation to everything from obesity to cancer, while Rand Corporation, the global think-tank, estimates lack of sleep among UK workers is costing the economy £40 billion a year. But is there any truth in the idea that (as well as getting to bed earlier) we can solve the problem by eating certain foods before we hit the sack?


Time was when a mug of hot milk at bedtime was a widely touted dietary route to a deep and delicious sleep. But over the past decade a variety of foods have been hailed as potential insomnia cures.

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Stay cosy this winter with the January issue of delicious. magazine. Gill Meller brings seasonal comfort, Thane Prince transforms leftovers and José Pizarro cooks a warming menu from Catalonia. Thomasina Miers, Bill Granger and Matt Tebbutt share their favourite family recipes and Phil Vickery shows that healthy food can be tasty too. Plus we have the best Cornish pasty, our guide to the perfect cooked breakfast and this month's must-cook pudding – sticky, caramel chocolate sponge. And don't miss our brilliant pull-out Winter Vegetarian collection.