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February 6, 2007

10 Foods for a Good Night’s Sleep

10 Foods for a Good Night’s Sleep

If you are having trouble falling asleep and NOT attached to a nuclear submarine where drills, training, and other sleep depravation techniques are commonly used, or the parent of a teething 6-month old, then try these foods and leave the sheep alone.

Bananas. Bananas contain magnesium to relax muscles, and also melatonin and serotonin as well.

Warm milk. Mom was right — the amino-acid tryptophan found in milk acts like a sedative, and the calcium helps the body use it.

Potatoes. Potatoes cancel out the acids that can interfere with snooze-inducing tryptophan.

Chamomile tea. A long-time staple of teas formulated for drinking before bedtime, chamomile acts as a mild sedative.

Oatmeal. Oats are rich in melatonin — and are filling, so as to tide you over during your journey through the land of Nod.

Cheddar cheese. A wedge of cheddar cheese is also rich in tryptophan.

Honey. A bit of honey to sweeten tea or warm milk will help your brain switch off orexin, a neurotransmitter that helps keep you alert.

Whole-wheat bread. Add a piece of toast to tea that’s sweetened with honey, and insulin will help convert tryptophan to serotonin.

Almonds. Heart-healthy almonds also contain tryptophan and magnesium.

Turkey. Loaded with tryptophan, a couple of slices of turkey on whole-wheat bread will help bring a restful night’s sleep.

Read more about getting a good night's sleep.

1 comment:

  1. If I had a maid or live-in mom that forced me to take these, I might finally get to bed at a decent hour. Until then, I'll stay up worrying about my lack of discipline!

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