Foods that will help you sleep better!
Don’t we all wish we can sleep like a baby! We have all tossed and turned occasionally at night or possibly have insomnia on a regular basis. Not getting a good night’s sleep has a big impact on our daily activities. There are certain foods and drinks that can actually help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Here are some tips to get you better night’s sleep.
Tea is one of my favorites! Chamomile, ginger, and peppermint are calming choices for bedtime. Chamomile tea is packed with antioxidants, specifically apigenin. Apigenin is an antioxidant that binds to receptors in your brain to promote drowsiness. The antioxidants in chamomile tea also reduce inflammation throughout your body, boost your immune system, and reduce your risk of anxiety. According to a study from the National Sleep Foundation on chamomile tea found consuming two cups a day can help you sleep better throughout the night and fall asleep faster.
Whole grains for a bedtime snack are a good choice. Some examples are, popcorn, oatmeal, or whole-wheat crackers with nut butter are all excellent choices.
Almonds and walnuts, specifically, contain melatonin, a hormone that helps to regulate your sleep/wake cycle. Eating them can increase your blood levels of the hormone, helping you sleep more soundly.
Foods that are high in lean protein, like cottage cheese, also pack the amino acid tryptophan, which may increase serotonin levels. Serotonin is a brain chemical and low levels of it can contribute to insomnia. For an additional benefit, top the cottage cheese with raspberries, which are rich sources of melatonin.
Tart cherries are an excellent natural source of melatonin and antioxidants. Drinking a glass of tart cherry juice before bed can stimulate the release of melatonin in your body and make you feel sleepy. A study on tart cherry juice found drinking a glass in the mornings and evenings can promote more restful sleep and even treat insomnia.
Bananas contain magnesium, and potassium, eating a banana before bed can help you fall asleep faster. In addition to the variety of sleep-inducing properties of magnesium, magnesium and potassium are both natural muscle relaxants, helping your body unwind by promoting a sense of calm.