How many hours do you spend in bed, wriggling and writhing with flowing thoughts? It’s been 2 hours now, your eyes are closed but that peaceful, quality sleep somehow seems to evade you every time. How many sheep do you count before you realize there is something horribly wrong here? We’ve all suffered from sleepless nights at some point. While there are many factors at play here, it is nothing that a healthy lifestyle, a hygiene routine and most importantly, food can’t fix. Let’s explore some foods for sleep.
Top Foods Which Can Help You Sleep
- Milk, in general, contains ingredients that are known to help people sleep. For instance, milk contains tryptophan – an amino acid that can help the human body produce serotonin – a brain chemical which can induce deeper and more restful sleep by creating melatonin. If you have sleep issues, some warm milk with a little bit of jaggery and turmeric 15-30 minutes before going to bed should do the trick
- Almonds contain high doses of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate the sleeping and waking cycle. Around 5-6 whole almonds contain a good amount of magnesium and of calcium – two minerals that help promote muscle relaxation and sleep especially in people who lose sound sleep due to muscle tetany or leg pain. These can be consumed in the evening or even before bedtime. It’s great for people who sleep late as they can munch on these for a good night’s rest.
- Chamomile Tea: For years, chamomile tea has been used as a natural remedy to reduce inflammation, anxiety and treat insomnia as well. In fact, chamomile is commonly regarded as a mild tranquilizer or sleep inducer. Chamomile tea contains an antioxidant called apigenin, which may help initiate sleep. You can brew 1 tea bag/ fresh chamomile tea with hot water and drink it before bed or late evening.
- Walnuts contain a few compounds that promote and regulate sleep, including melatonin and serotonin. Each serving of walnuts also contains other nutrients that can help induce sleep such as magnesium. You can munch them along with almonds for combined benefits late in the evening for snacks.
Avoid drinking tea or coffee before bed. Caffeinated beverages disrupt sleep and even create problems such as acidity and gas. We hope the above foods help you get that sound sleep you’ve desired for such a long time.
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