Thursday, 21 February 2013

10 Foods For Better Sleep!!

Some people have trouble falling asleep. Others can’t stay asleep. And then there are the people who have trouble turning life off and tucking into bed at a reasonable hour. 

Add these simple ingredients to your shopping list and see your sleep improve a lot helping produce melatonin....A sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness...

Most nuts contain a hormone called melatonin which is crucial for good sleep. Melatonin both regulates your sleep cycle and causes drowsiness - the perfect combination!

Add nuts to your dessert or snack on walnuts in the evening for a melatonin boost your body will be able to absorb....

Beans and other vegetables contain bumper amounts of Vitamin B, which helps your body regulate the sleep cycle and produce serotonin - an important 'ingredient' to produce melatonin.

We all know that salmon is a great source of omega-3, but did you know that super-healthy fat also helps create melatonin?

Sweet potatoes
Eating complex carbs can make you sleepy and healthy sweet potatoes contain muscle-relaxing potassium as well.

For a slow release of the energy from complex carbs, add whole grains like bulgur wheat and pearl barley to your dinner plate

Turkey contains tryptophan, which boosts serotonin production. What's more, tryptophan can't be created by the body - which makes including it in your diet even more important.

Honey has been a natural sleep aid for thousands of years. Try this quick hit of carbohydrates in chamomile tea just before bed and enjoy the feeling of drifting off.

Milk has always been a great source of melatonin and tryptophan, but recently some German farmers realised that milking their cows at night resulted in milk with up to a hundred times more melatonin than normal milk!

As well as being delicious, cherries are packed with melatonin!

Bananas are a good source of Vitamin B6, another 'ingredient' needed to help your body make melatonin.

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