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8 Surprising Foods that can Help you Sleep Better

Getting a good night sleep can be difficult for anyone. There are not enough hours in the day for work, personal hobbies and eight hours of sleep. Not to mention that it can be difficult to fall asleep right away. What you eat right before going to sleep can also have an impact on how well you sleep. Here are eight surprising foods that can help you to sleep better and wake up feeling rested:

1.) Beer. Yes, believe it. Beer can help you sleep better. Beer has strong natural melatonin in it, a hormone that helps to regulate sleep cycles. Studies have shown that it can also reduce insomnia when drank 30 to 40 minutes before going to sleep.

2.) Bananas. Bananas promote a good sleep thanks to their high concentration of magnesium and potassium, two minerals that act as natural muscle relaxants.

3.) Nuts. This food is also rich in melatonin like beer while also containing minerals that provide health benefits to the brain and heart.

4.) Complex carbohydrates. Think cereal, rice, pasta and bread. These types of carbohydrates can help to prepare the body for a good night's sleep while also being easily digested by the body. So, not only do they help your body prepare for a nice rest, you won't feel too full or uncomfortable eating these kinds of carbs before bed.

5.) Lean proteins. Turkey is the best when it comes to lean proteins. With a high concentration of tryptophan, an amino acid that increases serotonin levels, eating a little lean protein before bed can help you to sleep like a baby. Serotonin is naturally produced by the body when you are preparing to sleep. Watching television or playing on your phone before bed can stop the body from producing serotonin and keep you awake. The lights on these devices is what triggers the brain to stop producing serotonin. So, instead of turning on the television, grab a bit of lean protein instead.

6.) Legumes. Foods like beans and peanuts contain high doses of magnesium which act as a natural muscle relaxant to help your body relax and prepare for sleep.

7.) A glass of warm milk. Warm milk is not just for babies. A glass of warm milk before bed can help you to get a goods night's rest. It is a classic remedy for anyone with insomnia. A mixture of two factors make this work. First, the calcium helps the body to relax. Potassium and magnesium also found in milk farther helps the body to relax. The other factor here is the ritual itself. Preparing a glass of warm milk can bring back a feeling of security and get rid of worries like when you were a child.

8.) Herbal teas. Chamomile and mint is a fantastic combination that helps the body to relax and fall asleep more quickly, deeply, and easily. A cup of chamomile tea before bed is an old and highly recommended remedy for sleep problems. A cup of tea, much like a glass of milk, can also be a nice relaxing before bedtime ritual.


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Kasman wrote on August 4, 2015, 5:59 PM

Of the above list I'd go for the beer and the nuts. They go together well! emoticon :smile: