Foods To Help You Sleep Through The Night
A night of peaceful, deep quality sleep is a blessing that only the sleep deprived and insomniacs can truly appreciate. To fill your nights with rest and sleep, try adding the following foods to your diet (especially if you find yourself tossing and turning at night).
Seven Sleep-Inducing Foods To Try:
Teas (especially chamomile and this one by Traditional Medicinals):
Chamomile tea is a popular sleep-inducing tea that helps eliminate stress and anxiety. Before you go to bed, take a moment to sip a warm cup of chamomile herbal tea to relax, unwind and de-stress. Another favorite tea of mine that always (yes, I said always) helps me to fall right to sleep is this one by Traditional Medicinals. Lemon Balm and Passion Flower are also in my rotation. You can find most of these at traditional grocery stores, as well as natural food stores.
Pistachios are not only tasty, but they are a jackpot for sleep. They are jampacked with magnesium, protein, and vitamin B6, which have a major role in inducing sleep. Consuming a healthy amount of pistachios before going to bed will knock you out like nothing else. You can eat them raw or add them to a glass of warm milk. However, more than one ounce of pistachios will have a reverse effect on your body; so, eat in moderation to avoid exacerbating your sleep issues.
Fruits that contain fructose can help promote sleep, so before going to bed, snack on some berries and fruits that are sweet in taste.
Tart cherry juice:
This juice contains high levels of melatonin, which is responsible for inducing sleep in your body. It can improve the quality of your sleep by regulating your body’s sleep cycles. A study conducted by Louisiana State University found that by insomniacs who drank tart cherry juice increased their sleep time by 90 minutes!
This fruit is a powerhouse of magnesium and potassium, which serve as natural sleep aids for your body. If you are feeling wide awake late into the night, try a banana or two to get yourself to sleep.
Walnuts contain an amino acid called tryptophan that helps induce and enhance sleep. Tryptophan is responsible for the production of melatonin and serotonin, which improves the quality of our sleep by regulating the sleep cycles. Walnuts also contain melatonin, so they are not only helping in the production of it, but you’re getting even more of the good stuff to help you fall asleep even faster.
A cup of pumpkin seeds contains around 420 mg of magnesium, which is the daily recommendation of the National Health Institute. Magnesium is also a sleep-inducing agent for your body. If you cannot find pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds or sunflower seeds are great substitutions. However, I want to mention that I always try to stick to the 1/4 cup rule when it comes to nuts and seeds.;)
The search for the elusive “good night’s sleep” can be frustrating and exhausting. Before you reach for an over-the-counter sleep aid, try some of the natural remedies to get your body on the right path to sound sleep!
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