Foods That Help You Get A Good Night’s Sleep


Sleeplessness is a condition that is fast becoming common in the lives of many and a whole lot  of  the people  struggling with  this  are  completely  unaware  that  foods can  actually  be helpful in triggering drowsiness or sleepiness. The unhealthy thing about this condition which is  technically  called  insomnia is that  it  affects  the  entire  body  function  and  activities.
Tiredness, sluggishness and moodiness could become your daily expressions. It has even been reported based  on  various  researches  that  certain minerals  are  critical  in  the  remedy  of insomnia.
Ask a  few of  your  friends or colleagues – How was your night? Did you sleep well? I bet many of them will tell you that they had a difficult time to sleep. Usually so many factors are involved but foods can be a good remedy especially if you consume the foods as dinner. Let’s check some of the foods that can help induce sleep.

1. Herbal Tea:

Herbal Tea is one of the foods that has been helpful in making people get some sleep for many decades. In fact there are many tea varieties that make people to be more sleepy. These teas are  known to put the body in a relaxed state. 
 A popular herbal tea known to be effective is chamomile tea.
A cup of the tea before bed will help you relax and fall asleep faster.  Lemon grass tea is  also known for helping you fall  asleep. Caffeinated teas should be avoided as you all know they work in the opposite direction.

2. Yoghurt:

Dairy products are loaded with calcium and yogurt can be helpful in removing stress out of your body and this helps you fall asleep more easily.  Calcium helps the brain make  use  of  a  certain  amino  acid  called   tryptophan to manufacture a sleep-inducing substance called melatonin.
This  explains  why  dairy  products, which  contain both tryptophan and calcium, are  one  of  the  top sleep-inducing  foods.  It  is  not  advisable  to consume whole milk products because they are not better tolerated at bed time compared to healthy bacteria loaded yoghurt.
When taking Yoghurts, go for the quality brands that produce real yoghurt.

3. Banans:

Banana is a super night snack particularly for those hoping to gain few pounds of flesh. Asides this, research has shown that a certain mineral such as magnesium are effective as a natural remedy for insomnia.
A lack of this mineral may cause you to wake up after a few hours and not return to sleep. Other magnesium rich foods include spinach, nuts, seeds, fish and whole grains. Fortunately, it is one of the foods you can healthily snack on at night.

4. Fish

We have said so much about fish before. I as a person prefer fish to meat. They contains more nutrients and the fats in many of them are the healthy type and more beneficial. There is no way we want to look at it, eating fish is better than eating meat.
Oily fish
Most fish—and especially salmon and tuna—have a significant amount of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is needed to make melatonin – a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness. This has also been confirmed by an article published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

5. Almonds and nuts rich in Magnesium

Almonds contain tryptophan and magnesium. These two component help to naturally reduce muscle and nerve function while also steadying your heart rhythm. You would note that many of the foods we have mentioned above too either have magnesium or tryptophan.
Other nuts and seeds that are rich in magnesium include, almonds, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pine nuts, flaxseed, and pecans.
You may want to add these nuts to your diet. They are even easy to snack on at night before you go to bed. They will relax you and help induce a good night sleep.

6. Sound Night Sleep? Eat Cherries!

I have heard and read uncountable times that the best way to get a good night’s sleep is to increase your melatonin intake. We talked about this melatonin under yoghurt as a sleep-inducing substance. Some other foods foods other than yoghurt contain it too.
Cherries, along with nuts and oats, are a natural source of melatonin and, when eaten regularly, can help regulate your sleep cycle. I guess this is why some people would ask that you add coffee to their oat when they take it as breakfast – they don’t want to be sleeping about.
People have reported that alcohol and milk chocolate help them sleep but I wouldn’t recommend that. Alcohol makes you wake up with a hangover and you don’t want to eat chocolate just before going to bed.

7. Honey

It has been found that honey contains glucose, which tells your brain to shut off orexin. Orexin is the chemical that is known to trigger alertness. So, when glucose tells your brain to stop the supply of orexin, you become less alert (somewhat dull) and feel sleepy.
When you are taking honey for this purpose, you should not overdo it. One tablespoon for a good night’s sleep is more than enough. Make sure you get the real honey though. See how to identify real honey.
Please note, you should avoid eating heavily at night particularly close to bed time as it will affect your sleepiness. Other foods that I find to be effective in inducing sleepiness include garri, potatoes and some other carbohydrate loaded foods.
Understand the saying “different strokes for different folks”. What works for someone might not work for the other. So, we would like to hear from you to share foods that you eat which triggers sleepiness.

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