Foods To Eat For Better Sleep
Here are some perfect foods to add to your diet ( or eat as bed time snacks) to help you get a better night sleep.
While we know that bananas are good for our health and fitness, did you know they also possess amazing properties that can aid sleep. The sleep promoting nutrients which bananas are renowned for are magnesium and potassium which are both muscle relaxants. They can also reduce stress and help the body stay asleep longer as you are more relaxed. Bananas also have an amino acid called tryptophan which helps build the hormone melatonin and serotonin, which guides sleep-wake cycle.
Ever wonder why everyone likes to nap after having a big turkey dinner at Christmas or Thanksgiving? Well, It is no coincidence that it makes you feel sleepy. Like bananas, Turkey has tryptophan an amino acid which, you guessed it, promotes sleep.Turkey is also a good source of protein which can help curb late night hunger. It will keep you going all night making for a great night’s sleep.
Basically all the berries you can imagine, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries are great for promoting sleep, as they contain melatonin, which is a known sleep hormone. Cherries are also a good choice as they contain potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus which all help to relax muscles before bedtime.
Like the rest, walnuts are rich in magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and copper as well as the best source of melatonin. Adding walnuts to your diet has been found to reduce resting blood pressure levels and it’s response to stress. This is key as less stress means more chance of getting a good night’s sleep.
This is a given since we’ve all heard how soothing chamomile tea is. Science has proven that drinking chamomile will increase the levels of glycine, which is a natural nerve relaxant, that can help you relax into a peaceful night’s sleep.
Foods to avoid
Cheese – This isn’t down to nightmares, cheese has tyramine, an amino acid which can make you stay alert for hours!
Coffee – Obviously due to the caffeine which has literally the opposite effect to feeling sleepy.
Pizza – This can play havoc with acid-reflux during the night which will no doubt result in a restless night’s sleep.
Sugar – Again, for obvious reasons, sugar is going to give you peaks in your energy, and leave you with a literal sugar rush if eaten too close to bedtime, so definitely avoid processed foods and alcoholic drinks that can be full of sugar.
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