Have Better Sleep With Banana Tea
By Jenna Barrington
Sleep. You either don’t think about it, because it comes easily (lucky you) or you have a love-hate relationship with it.
According to the Institute of Medicine, 50-70 millions Americans suffer from some sort of sleep disorder or poor sleep. That’s a lot of people walking around cranky and tired!
Are you one of them?
Sleep is so important to your overall health and wellbeing. Without getting a good night’s rest, you risk poor health, illness, depression, high blood pressure and at the very least, chronic low energy.
Sleep is when your brain has time to “recharge” and process your daily activities. It is also when your body focuses on recovering and rejuvenating your various systems.
Today, I am going to give you an AWESOME, simple tea recipe to add to your nightly routine that can help you fall asleep and STAY asleep throughout the whole night – and it all starts with bananas and cinnamon!
Bananas are a modern day superfood that come with a myriad of health benefits. In terms of helping you get quality sleep, bananas are an excellent source of potassium and magnesium, both of which have been linked to improve sleep in various studies. These minerals help your muscles and blood vessels relax and combat the negative effects of too much cortisol (stress).
Besides the fact that it adds a nice flavor to the tea, cinnamon is a natural warming tonic that helps to soothe your body and promote relaxation. It also helps with circulation and digestion, which may interfere with good sleep if not flowing properly.
Sleepy-Time Banana Tea Recipe
- 1 ripe banana, raw
- 1 liter of water
- Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- Bring the water to a boil. Cut off the very ends of the banana and add to the water.
- Allow to boil/simmer for 10 minutes. Pour water through colander and into a teacup or mug.
- Stir in small amount of cinnamon to taste. Sip slowly before bedtime as you are winding down from the day. Sweet dreams!
I ALWAYS recommend trying natural remedies for sleep before turning to prescription medications. Often your poor sleep is a sign of mineral deficiencies, poor diet, stress and/or lifestyle. Medications may help you to sleep, but they will not fix any underlying causes.
Other things you can do to help with sleep is focus on reducing stress levels, exercising more, eating better quality food and sticking to a solid nighttime routine that helps your brain to quiet down and your body to relax.
Do you have any other great sleep remedies or tactics? Please feel free to share below!
Sources: 1 Million Health Tips
Jenna Barrington is studying Therapeutic Nutrition and Holistic Medicine and aspires to be a practitioner, teacher and writer. She is passionate about education and helping others take control of their health.
Jenna lives with her husband in Utah and loves writing, cooking, green smoothies, training her dog, Japanese, spending time at the ocean, bungee jumping, walking barefoot in the grass and being with her family.
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