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A curry can do more than do more that help bring on labour…with the right ingredients, it can also help you get a decent night’s sleep, too!

If you speak to mums who have been desperate to bring on labour when they’re overdue, or have started getting their bodies ready the day of or a few days before their due date, anything from a hot bath, sex to a hot curry is said to do the trick.

But a curry can do more than help the onset of labour – during your pregnancy, it can also help you get a decent night’s sleep if you use the right ingredients.

According to The Sleep Council, certain foods are known to aid sleep – in exactly the same way that caffeine is known to help you stay awake.

As well as sleeping on a good bed in a well-ventilated, dark and quiet room, achieving a great night’s sleep can be affected by what you eat before bedtime.

Says Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council: “While we don’t recommend eating a big meal just before bedtime as it can lead to discomfort and indigestion, some people find a bedtime snack a helpful aid to sleep.

“The best is one that contains complex carbohydrates and protein and perhaps some calcium – which is why dairy products are one of the top sleep-inducing foods.

Choosing the right ingredients was certainly the thinking behind chef Gurpareet Bains’ so-called’ biryawni’. He claims his lamb masala recipe has an insomnia-fighting effect thanks to the inclusion of an oil with intoxicating effects and nutmeg which contains a psychoactive substance that aids sleep.