Food/Drinks to Help You Sleep
- Almonds: Almonds are high in tryptophan and magnesium, both are beneficial in improving the quality of your sleep.
- Banana: Bananas are loaded with magnesium and potassium, both of which help your muscles to relax and help to give you a peaceful night’s sleep.
- Carob: Carob, versus cocoa, has a high level of B vitamins which is helpful in regulating the sleep cycles of your body, as well as boosting natural levels of serotonin.
- Chamomile Tea: This classic sleep aid is staple in my home. One of my daughters, enjoys sipping on it, almost nightly with a dash of vanilla. It is widely known for its calming, relaxing effect and enjoyable taste. Individuals who are sensitive to ragweed or other members of the Compositae family should avoid chamomile as they are more prone to experience or develop contact allergies to chamomile.
- Cherry Juice: Recent studies have shown that drinking cherry juice in the morning and another in the evening can help you get an extra hour of sleep.
- Chia Seed Drinks: Chia seeds are beneficial due to their tryptophan content which enhances sleep. Chia seeds are also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, which may also be helpful in promoting sleep.
- Coconut Water: This drink is high in magnesium and full of electrolytes. It’s a great choice for rehydrating, just be sure you’re buying a clean version of coconut water not one with sugar.
- Decaffeinated Green Tea: Green tea contains theanine, which is a known stress reducer and sleep improver.
- Kiwi: Researchers in this study found that eating kiwi on a daily basis was linked to substantial improvements in both sleep quality and sleep quantity.
- Lemon Balm: Lemon balm,part of the mint clan, is a great stress reducer.
- Valerian Tea: Valerian is well known for being a strong sedative.
- Walnuts: Melatonin is present in walnuts and eating them can increase blood melatonin concentration, assisting in your ability to sleep better.
While taking back the responsibility of your health, and starting any natural remedies, you may wish to consult your health care practitioner, as chronic insomnia can be a symptom of other conditions.