We are what we eat – so, why not eat the things that will help you enjoy a deep, restful sleep? Here are 5 foods that have properties to help you go to sleep and sleep well.
1. Nuts To You. Specifically, two kinds of nuts are what you want. First, there are walnuts. The University of Texas found that they contain their own source of melatonin, the hormone that tells you it’s time to go to sleep. Plus, they are a good source of tryptophan, the amino acid that helps you make both serotonin, the feel good hormone, and melatonin, the sleep cycle hormone. Almonds are a good source of magnesium and studies have shown that when your magnesium level is low, it’s harder to stay asleep. So, go ahead, have a nutty snack in the evening!
2. Let-Tuce Help You. Who knew that lettuce could help you with opium like properties? Lettuce contains lactucarium, which has properties that affect your brain like opium or a sedative. So, have a big salad at bedtime or you can even brew a lettuce tea. Just simmer three or four large lettuce leaves in a cup of water for 15 minute. Add some sprigs of mine and sip.
3. Grandma Didn’t Know It All. Yes, she knew that a glass of warm milk might help you feel sleepy, but the real message is that any dairy product can help. Break out the cheese and crackers! Calcium is found in cheese, yogurt and milk and it helps your brain use the tryptophan found in dairy to make that sleep hormone, melatonin.
4. Cheery Cherry. Make that cheering, yawning cherry – juice. This one comes from researchers at two universities – the University of Pennsylvania and the Rochester. Cherries – especially tart ones – increase your levels of melatonin. The study showed that participants that drank cherry juice could make you fall asleep faster and improve insomnia. So, pour yourself a glass before bedtime.
5. Fits You To A Tea. You probably know this one – chamomile tea will help you sleep. Why? It causes an increase in glycine, a mild sedative that relaxes nerves and muscles. Don’t like it? Australian researches has passionfruit tea – taken an hour before bedtime – helped participants to sleep more soundly. They think it’s the flower’s Harman alkaloids that relax your nervous systems and make you tired. So, take you pick of teas!
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