Best Foods To Eat If You Suffer With Insomnia
Written by: Brandi Monasco
It can be difficult dealing with insomnia. You feel constantly tired and drained pretty much all day, but when it comes time to go to sleep, you can’t, so you stay awake watching TV or playing a game and the next thing you know, it’s 4am.
Insomnia is a condition that can last for a few weeks to a few months or more. With true insomnia, the symptoms can persist for more than a month and are usually not caused by a mental disorder, or another sleep disorder. It can be caused by several medications that are used to control high blood pressure or asthma.
When you find yourself unable to sleep at night, don’t turn to taking a sleeping pill. There are foods that you can eat right before bedtime to get that restful sleep you’ve been needing.
- Bananas. They contain magnesium and potassium that help in relaxing your muscles. Bananas also contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid that converts into melatonin and serotonin, both of which your body needs in order to sleep. Simply eat a banana before bed to get the benefits.
- Oatmeal. Oatmeal contains phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, potassium and silicon, which are all needed nutrients to help support sleep. Instead of eating a bowl for breakfast, try it as a snack before bedtime. Top your oatmeal with a banana to get the most benefits of the two.
- Cherries. Cherries are a natural source of melatonin, which helps you to sleep. You can eat a handful of sour cherries or drink a glass of cherry juice before going to bed.
- Walnuts. Just like bananas, walnuts contain tryptophan, which helps to create melatonin and serotonin that set your sleep-wake cycles.
- Lettuce. Lettuce contains lactucarium, which is the milky fluid that you often see seeping from the base of the stem. Lactucarium contains sedative properties, which are known to affect your brain in the way opium would. This makes lettuce a great food to help you fall asleep. You can either eat a salad right before bed or simmer three to four large lettuce leaves in a cup of water for about 15 minutes. Add a sprig of mint and sip before bedtime.
- Fish. Tuna, salmon and halibut are rich in vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps your body to create serotonin and melatonin to help you fall asleep easier.
- Tea. Chamomile tea is an excellent tea to drink right before bedtime. Chamomile tea increases a chemical called glycine that acts as a mild sedative that helps to relax your muscles and nerves.
What tips do you have for getting better sleep at night? Have you tried any of these foods? Share your thoughts and tips with us in the comments below!
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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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