I was recently contacted by Jane Collins at g9sleeptight.com to do a guest post on My Sweet Mission called “Eat These Foods For A Better Night’s Sleep”. We were intrigued by this topic and thought you would enjoy this interesting and helpful post for a better night’s sleep too!
Nothing is more annoying than spending many hours in bed doing nothing just because you cannot seem to fall asleep. And this is even more so when you have to wake up early the next day for an important work assignment or school. Insomnia can be an annoying condition, and this is regardless of whether it is acute or chronic. The effects that this sleep problem can have on your overall health make it even worse, and so finding ways to deal with it should be a top priority. Luckily, there are many simple remedies for sleeplessness, and they include eating the following foods.
#1 Cherry Tart Juice
It is hard to find any list of natural sleep aids or remedies for insomnia that does not contain cherry tart juice because it is one of the best ones. In fact, drinking a medium size glass of this juice an hour or two before bed is almost a guarantee that you will sleep fast and for long. Cherries are one of the few sources (natural sources) of melatonin which is what makes it such a potent sleep remedy. If you do not have some cherry tart juice, you can still get the same benefits by snacking on fresh or dried cherries.
#2 Kale and Spinach
Vegetables should always form a significant part of your meals, and this is more so the green leafy ones like kale and spinach. Apart from the many health benefits that these vegetables provide they also contain a lot of calcium which is what helps you with sleep. Although there is no research to show that calcium can directly help you deal with insomnia, there is enough to prove that it helps the brain utilize tryptophan in the production of melatonin which is vital for sleep. Other vegetables like mustard greens can also assist in the manufacture of melatonin.
#3 Elk Meat
If you can get some elk meat in your locality, it will be a perfect meal when struggling with sleep. This game meat can have as much as double the amount of tryptophan that you get in turkey, which is famous for its ability to make one sleepy. And if you have the elk with a serving of carbohydrates you can be sure of snoozing almost immediately when you land in bed. And this is because the carbohydrates will help the tryptophan get to the brain fast.
#4 Cup of Herbal Tea
Herbal teas have a myriad of benefits, and they can assist you with different things from weight loss to treating and managing various conditions. However, what you might not know is that having a cup (just a small one) of herbal teas like valerian, lemon balm, lavender, and chamomile can help you get a good night’s sleep. These herbal teas for sleep contain everything from antioxidants to compounds that calm the body and nerves and some will even act as mild sedatives. But, to get the best results from them, you have to form a habit or routine of drinking them every other night.
#5 Fish (Salmon, Halibut, and Tuna)
Fish is probably the healthiest type of meat that you can eat as it is low in bad fats and it also contains fatty acids like omega-3. Also, taking certain kinds of fish like tuna, salmon and halibut will give you all the benefits of fish and also help you solve your sleep problems. These types of sea fish contain a high amount of vitamin B6 which is an important compound for sleep because it helps the body in the production of melatonin. And so just having a medium size serving of fish can help you fall asleep faster.
#6 Walnuts and Almonds
Walnuts (and most other types of nuts) are an excellent source of tryptophan, which is a good source of the sleep-enhancing amino acid tryptophan that helps in the creation of both melatonin and serotonin. Also, recent studies show that nuts also contain a significant amount of natural melatonin that can assist you with sleep. Almonds, on the other hand, contain magnesium which is also an important compound for sleep. In fact, some studies show having little magnesium in your system can make it harder for you to fall asleep.
#7 Lettuce Salads
Lettuce is a favorite salad ingredient, and it is also one of the things that make sandwiches and burgers taste amazing. This vegetable is very common, but most people do not know that it can also help with sleep. A small bowl of lettuce salad with your dinner or as a bedtime snack will make a huge difference when it comes to sleep.
Lettuce contains lactucarium which according to studies has some sedative properties, and it can have similar effects on the brain as opium. Even if you do not like the taste of these vegetables in salads, you can still get its benefits by making a simple brew. To make the lettuce drink, you should simmer a few leaves in a hot cup of water for a quarter of an hour, remove them and then add some spring mint to finish the brew.
#8 Crackers and Cheese
Cheese is the last thing that comes to mind when thinking about the foods that can help you sleep because most people believe that it is one of those that will keep you awake for many hours. However, just like all other milk products cheese contains a lot of calcium which is an important compound for sleep as it helps the brain produce the sleep-inducing element melatonin. The carbohydrates in the crackers also help because it ensures that the tryptophan gets to the brain fast. Also the fact that the two make a sweet and enjoyable bedtime snack can calm and soothe you which also help you sleep.
Eating the foods above is an excellent starting point when trying to deal with your sleep problems, but they are not a permanent solution. And so it is important to combine them with other permanent remedies or solutions so that you can get rid of the problem. However, it is also necessary to make sure that you keep their serving light because no matter how beneficial the food might be for sleep eating too much of it will keep you awake as the body digests it.
My name is Jane Collins, a blogger at g9sleeptight.com. I love sharing useful tips and solutions to help you have a good night’s sleep. Follow me on Twitter: @g9sleeptight
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