Are you suffering from a bad case of Insomnia? Are you in desperate need of some shut-eye, to the point that you have already found yourself in graveyard shift jobs and underground boxing clubs? You may want to take a close look at your diet. Eat turns out that the kind of food you eat before you go to sleep can either keep you awake all night, or give you a much needed and restful sleep. To get you started, here are a few types of food that will help you get some sleep:
Almonds contain magnesium, which is perfect for promoting sleep and muscle relaxation. Additionally, almonds also contain protein, which helps in keeping blood sugar levels stable while sleeping.
It’s a given that you should avoid caffeinated beverages in the evening hours, but some decaffeinated varieties can help induce sleep. Chamomile and green tea is another good choice, as it contains theanine, a natural sleep inductive substance. Just make sure the tea you’re getting is decaf.
Soup in general is perfect before bedtime, but Miso soup is perfect due to the fact that Miso contains amino acids that boost the production of melatonin, a natural hormone that can help induce yawning.
Banana is an excellent source of magnesium and potassium, and can help relax overstressed muscles. Banana is also rich in trypthophan, which can be converted into serotonin and melatonin, the brain’s key calming hormones
The calcium that is abundant in dairy products is effective in stress reduction, as well as stabilization of nerve fibers, including those in the brain.
Oatmeal is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, and potassium. Making it an all around sleep inducing and calming food.
Hard-cooked egg is perfect because it supplies a lot of protein without simple high-sugar carbohydrates, which usually results in a sugar roller coaster while you are sleeping, causing you to wake up in the wee hours of the morning.
If you need a salty snack before bed, lightly salted edamame is perfect especially if you are dealing with menopause related symptoms, as it contains natural estrogen-like compounds normally found in soy-based products.
Believe it or not, a glass of cherry juice can make you fall asleep faster, since cherries have a way of boosting the body’s melatonin production.
Just make sure it’s low-sugar, whole grain cereal.