5 Soothing Foods To Help You Sleep Better Every Night
By Brandi Monasco
Having insomnia is hard. You feel tired and groggy all day, but when your head hits the pillow, you can’t sleep. You watch Netflix or play a game on the computer, you read a book, maybe grab a nighttime snack; it’s 3 am and you’re still awake.
More than 3 million people per year are diagnosed with insomnia. Insomnia can be caused by stress, depression, emotional or physical discomfort and environmental disturbances such as light or sound. Some medications can even cause many people to suffer from insomnia such as medications for asthma or high blood pressure.
But before you run to the doctor to be prescribed a sleeping pill, try some of these foods that can help you sleep better tonight. They are healthy and delicious and have been shown to help calm a disquieted mind and a stressed-out body.
1. Tea. We’ve all been told to avoid caffeine after a certain hour or to avoid it so many hours before bed – avoiding caffeine actually is the key to getting a good night’s rest. When you find yourself not being able to sleep, try a decaf tea such as Chamomile or Green Tea or look into trying some soothing herbal teas.
2. Almonds. Almonds are a wonderful source of magnesium, a mineral that your body needs. The magnesium in almonds helps promote sleep and muscle relaxation. Almonds also have the added benefits of providing essential proteins that help to maintain a stable blood sugar level while you’re sleeping. At bedtime, try snacking on 1 ounce of almonds or a tablespoon of almond butter and feel your body relax!
3. Banana. Bananas are excellent sources of potassium and magnesium, both of which help in relaxing your muscles. They also contain amino acids called tryptophan. Tryptophan converts into serotonin and melatonin, the two hormones your body needs in order to sleep. When you’re ready for bed, simply eat a banana, or for a refreshing treat, blend one banana with one cup of almond or coconut milk.
4. Oatmeal. Who doesn’t love a warm bowl of oatmeal for breakfast? Actually, oatmeal is also great for helping you sleep. Try topping your oatmeal with a fresh banana to get the optimal effects.
“Oatmeal is warm, soft, soothing, easy to prepare, inexpensive and nourishing. It’s rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and potassium—the who’s who of nutrients known to support sleep.” – Stephan Dorlandt, a clinical nutritionist
5. Cherries. Tart cherries naturally boost your body’s supply of melatonin. So, before you go to bed, try drinking a glass full of organic cherry juice or eating a handful of cherries.
Another good thing for insomnia sufferers is to take a nice warm bath before bed. Your body will become relaxed and it also gives you a great opportunity to just breathe and meditate. You can also try diffusing essential oils such as lavender to help you fall asleep.
Try one of these before bed and let us know what you think! What do you do to help you catch some zzz’s? Feel free to share your thoughts and tips in the comments below!
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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