Did you know that your sleeping problems could be caused by the foods you eat? Many people suffer from poor sleep cycles, and food is one factor that can negatively or positively affect your sleep cycle. There are several types of foods that actually help you relax, support your nervous system, and help you sleep more soundly.
During the day, try to eat foods rich in B vitamins, calcium, and magnesium. Other sleep-enhancing foods include complex carbohydrates and those with high levels of tryptophan.
B vitamins help support your nervous system. It’s also been shown to help with dream activity. Green vegetables, like spinach, chard, kale, and collards are great sources of vitamin B. They are good sources for magnesium. Other healthful, vitamin B foods include nuts and seeds, eggs, seafood, soya bean, yeast extract, and dairy goods.
Calcium and magnesium rich foods also help you get a good night’s sleep. Calcium acts as a sedative, allowing you to relax. Calcium food choices include dairy products and oats, tahini, sesame seeds, broccoli, and raw vegetables. Magnesium helps your muscles relax. Besides eating leafy greens to get your daily magnesium, you can also use supplements. Check with your doctor on what types of supplements and what levels would be appropriate for you.
Complex carbohydrates are slow burning foods that help your system by supplying a steady release of energy. By eating these foods throughout your day, you will give your body the energy it needs. Some of the recommended choices of complex carbohydrates are wholegrain cereals (oats, barley, and rice), lentils, and beans.
Tryptophan aids in the production of serotonin and melatonin. Both are brain chemicals that calm us and help induce sleep. Food is the main way we get tryptophan. Good food choices include turkey (the highest levels of tryptophan), chicken, seafood, soy, beans, dairy product (yogurt, cheese, and milk), almonds and other nuts and seeds.
If these foods aren’t typically in your diet, now is the time to add them. You can start by adding one or two new foods. Look for recipes that use these foods and also make for a great meal. It is important to eat foods that are healthful, so your body will function well. By choosing sleep-enhancing foods, you’ll be enabling your body to sleep better and improve your health.
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