Foods that help you Snooze
Changing your diet is an easy and natural way to help you get into a better sleeping routine. Yes, certain foods can make us sleepy! Why do you think sometimes you feel sleepy after that nice lunch you had on your work break? Now, this does not mean to engorge these foods and you will sleep better at night. Actually, eating too much of any kind of food will hurt your chances of getting a good night’s rest.
Here they are in all their sedative glory:
Contains Tryptophan which is an amino acid that you can only get from what you eat/drink. It helps your body make serotonin (a relaxing mood hormone) which then helps your body make melatonin (a hormone that controls sleep cycles).
This is because Vitamin B6 is abundant in fish, with salmon, tuna, and halibut having the most. B6 is what makes melatonin (melatonin is normally triggered by being in the dark). By eating fish for dinner, you can give that melatonin a head start before turning out the lights.
Calcium processes hormones that help you sleep which are tryptophan and melatonin. Calcium, of course, can be found in anything dairy related if you don’t like yogurt.
This leafy green is also rich in calcium which again is important in making those sleep hormones go to work that we have mentioned above.
They are high in potassium which helps to KEEP you asleep. It also has tryptophan and magnesium which are natural sedatives.
Encourages insulin production that results in tryptophan activity in the brain. It also has magnesium which is said to help you STAY asleep.
Glucose lowers levels of orexin, orexin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that makes you more alert. Honey will put that alertness in reverse.
Referring to Walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds. These all boost serotonin levels by having magnesium and tryptophan.
Even though they are usually consumed in the morning, eggs are full of tryptophan, making you more susceptible to sleep. Try to have some breakfast for supper and see what happens.
White rice has a high glycemic index. This simply means that they will give you a natural increase in blood sugar and insulin levels, which in turn, helps tryptophan go to work in your brain faster.
The key to remember is foods with a mix of calcium, potassium, magnesium, tryptophan, and B6 are going to be the foods to look for. All of the above have one of these or more. By trying these foods in the evening, you may be surprised by how fast you can fall asleep.