There are times when sleep is just too hard to come by even if you feel too tired. Some people take prescription medicine to get their much needed rest at night but there are some who are not too comfortable with this idea. Many do not want to become dependent on prescription sleeping pills and want sleep to come naturally.
The good news is there are natural methods that can help you get your much needed rest. If you are having a hard time shutting your eyes at night you should look into your eating habits. There are some foods that can keep you awake and there are foods that can help lull you to sleep.
So which foods are preventing you from getting your beauty sleep? Scan through the list below and make sure you eliminate them in your diet!
Foods That Deprive You of Your Nightly Zzzzzzs.
You may love your double shot mocha or your coffee Americano and those tasty gooey chocolate chip cookies for getting you awake during the lulling afternoon hours but come night time you’ll be tossing and turning on your bed, begging for sleep to come but to no avail. Foods that are packed with caffeine and sugar have the power to override your biological clock. If you have no plans of pulling an all-nighter, avoid having foods loaded with caffeine and sugar.
Now that you know what to avoid, let’s get into the foods that actually help you sleep!
Foods to Help You Sleep
Just as there are certain foods that rob you of your good night’s rest, there are also specific foods that will help you be in good slumber. Make sure that you include these foods in your diet if you want to get your shut-eye every night.
- Turkey – Your favorite holiday meat can actually help you get a good night’s slumber. Turkey is packed with tryptophan which is an amino acid that promotes a restful and deep sleep. Tryptophan aids in the production of serotonin which is a brain chemical needed for relaxation as well as sleep. It also aids in the production of melatonin, which is another brain chemical or neurohormone that promotes sleep. Most sleeping pills actually contain melatonin. So if you don’t want to pop a pill, have some turkey instead.
- Potatoes – Potatoes may have gotten a bad reputation because of the low-carb fad or movement but they actually can make you fall asleep. Potatoes and sweet potatoes are root crops which don’t up your blood sugar too high and they also help get rid of acids that block tryptophan. Having mashed potatoes with low-fat milk or perhaps buttermilk can actually help give you a restful night.
- Bananas – Bananas are actually Mother Nature’s natural sleeping aid. Why so? Bananas actually have melatonin and tryptophan which are made into serotonin helping you get a good night’s rest. Melatonin tells your brain that it’s bedtime plus the magnesium in bananas relax your muscles helping you get a well-rested night.
Include these foods in your diet and eliminate those that deprive you of sleep and you’ll be snoozing the night away!
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