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.
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