She Stores Honey In Her Cupboard For This Late Night Health Benefit
LifeAspire Staff 5/3/2016
Can you eat your way to a good night's rest? Or are there certain foods that are bound to keep you awake no matter what? This list provides suggestions from leading nutritional experts of foods that can help you get the sleep that you need.
...But First Know What Foods To Avoid
Caffeinated products like coffee, cola, milk chocolate and certain teas do the exact opposite; they act as stimulants. While alcohol makes you drowsy, it doesn't promote a long, deep sleep. A heavy, rich meal before bedtime can lead to indigestion rather than sweet dreams. Ditto for spicy food.
Go For The Dark Side (of Chocolate)
For some of us, chocolate can do no wrong and if you reach for dark chocolate before bedtime, it can help you relax because it has melatonin, Mother Nature's sleep aid. Be careful not to grab the milk chocolate, however, because it can act as a stimulant.
Bananas Have Lot Of Appeal
Beautiful bananas have magnesium and potassium to help you unwind after a long day. Try frozen bananas before bed for a creamy sweet treat. Or a handful of dried banana chips.
Tart Cherries Are Smart Cherries
Tart, delicious cherries have sleep agent melatonin in them to help you get a longer, deeper sleep. Try a handful of dried tart cherries or some cherry juice before you turn in for the night.
Spread The Snooze With Hummus
This yummy Middle Eastern spread, made from ground chickpeas, has tryptophan, an amino acid that can initiate production of melatonin and serotonin. Serotonin acts as a chemical messenger to help you fast asleep faster and for a longer period of time.
Honey Provides A Sweet ZZZ Solution
A spoonful of raw honey can be just the trick to help you nod off. Honey has glucose, which can help you turn off your brain and let you begin snoozing.
Oatmeal Is Not Just For Breakfast Anymore
Sure, it is a morning favorite but this wholesome food can also lead you straight into sleepy town. Oatmeal can lower your blood sugars naturally and it also melatonin. Try a little bowl of oatmeal with some sliced bananas for a nice bedtime snack.
Nuts For All Of Us
These nutritional powerhouses can lead you off into dream land because they have high amounts of tryptophan and magnesium, which can help your body relax and mellow out your beating heart. Best bets for helping you sleep: almonds and walnuts.
It's The Right Time For Tea
Teatime before bedtime makes sense. Soothing teas like chamomile, lemon balm and passion flower can help you relax before your head hits the pillow. Be careful of sipping ginseng, however, since it has been known to be a stimulant.
Talking Turkey About Getting To Sleep
While many debate if it's the turkey or the entire Thanksgiving meal that makes you go comatose, we can say without a doubt that turkey has known sleep agent tryptophen. Interesting fact: Tryptophan production gets a boost when taken with carbs and fats. So, you have every right to feel sleepy after that Thanksgiving meal!
Whole Grains For A Good Night's Sleep
It's true carbs can give you a burst of energy but what goes up must come down and your energy levels after eating bread are no exception. Take advantage of that and try some whole-grain crackers or toast (maybe with some raw honey on it) to help you crash into sleep.
You Can Be On Your Way To A Good Night's Rest
With a little planning on your part, you can help yourself get a restful and refreshing sleep tonight. Just stay away from the caffeinated, spicy and heavy foods and stock up on light snacks that have natural sleep agents.
Choose Wisely For Restful Sleep
A detour in the kitchen for a nighttime snack may be just what the sleep doctor ordered for you. Choosing the right foods can help you get the rest you need and to get ready tomorrow's big adventures.