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How to Eat Right to Sleep Tight

Nov 09, 2013

Did you know only one in ten people claim they get daily good night’s sleep? That’s a lot of people with sleep complains. Just like most things, quality and quantity play an important factor in whether or not you slept well. You might sleep for four hours and still feel active and upbeat, whereas even a nine or a ten hour sleep may leave you groggy, tired and lazy. Clearly quality of sleep is very important.

What you eat does not only affect your waistline but also your body on a whole, including the quality of your sleep. So you may be getting your average 7 hours of sleep every night, but if you haven’t had a good night’s sleep in a while, it is time to change your diet.  Following are some food items that can help you sleep better:

Milk

Drinking a glass of milk before sleeping is not just an old tale; it has been proven to induce sleep. Dairy products are enriched with amino acid tryptophan. It helps in the production of serotonin and melatonin, brain chemicals that induce sleep.

Carbs

Recently all you hear dieticians telling you is that not all carbohydrates are bad for health. Eating the right carbohydrates is important for your body and wellbeing, including your sleep. Carbohydrate rich snacks like cereals or oatcakes an hour or so before sleeping can stimulate the release of insulin. This in turn helps more sleep-inducing amino acids to enter the brain.

Minerals

Research shows that specific mineral can be effective in treating insomnia. Calcium and magnesium help relax the muscles and calm the body. Problems like magnesium or calcium deficiency can greatly affect your quality of sleep. Food items like bananas, nuts, fish, seeds, whole grains and spinach are all rich in magnesium and calcium. So try to incorporate these items into your daily diet.

Tea

Herbal teas like chamomile, valerian and passion flower tea all have a sedative effect and are very helpful in inducing sleep.

Fish

Tuna, salmon and halibut especially contain vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin, the sleep inducing hormone. Chickpeas are also a good source of vitamin B6.

Lettuce

Lettuce contains lactuacarium, which has similar effects on brain as opium to do its sedative properties is another magic sleep inducer. A healthy salad containing lettuce and nuts can do wonders for your waistline and your sweet slumber.

Pretzels

Pretzels are your ultimate bedtime snack. Food items like corn chips and pretzels will naturally spike your insulin levels and thus cutting down on the time it takes for you to fall asleep. Although make sure you don’t overeat or it can result in insulin resistance or mood swings.

These are just a few healthy, and some not so healthy, food items to help you sleep better at night. Make sure you don’t hit the bed right after dinner and avoid overeating or heavy meals. Also don’t try to sleep on an empty stomach, it not only results in poor sleep but is not good for health either.

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