5 Foods That Help You Sleep

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Suzanne sent me this link over Twitter to help me find an easy way to sleep at night. I have problems with tucking myself to sleep for quite some time now. I’m not thinking of any issues at all, it’s just that this is me since college days. I don’t drink coffee before bed time, nor eat sweets – unless I don’t have any choice. But if insomnia attacks, make sure that I’ll be awake till sunset.

So here are some good tips for you out there who’s like me in some ways. Hope it all helps find our way to a good slumber.

1. Cherries. Fresh and dried cherries are one of the only natural food sources of melatonin, the chemical that controls the body’s internal clock to regulate sleep. Researchers who tested tart cherries and found high levels of melatonin recommend eating them an hour before bedtime or before a trip when you want to sleep on the plane.

2. Bananas. Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both. They also contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-HTP in the brain. The 5-HTP in turn is converted to serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) and melatonin.

3. Toast. Carbohydrate-rich foods trigger insulin production, which induces sleep by speeding up the release of tryptophan and serotonin, two brain chemicals that relax you and send you to sleep..

4. Oatmeal. Like toast, a bowl of oatmeal triggers a rise in blood sugar, which in turn triggers insulin production and the release of sleep-inducing brain chemicals. Oats are also rich in melatonin, which many people take as a sleep aid..

5. Warm milk. Like bananas, milk contains the amino acid L-tryptophan, which turns to 5-HTP and releases relaxing serotonin. It’s also high in calcium, which promotes sleep.

Some may recommend you to drink chamomile tea. I’ve seen it on movies too. But I don’t I prefer to drink something else aside from tea in the evening. I only drink tea if we’re eating fried egg with bread and some cheese, olives and fresh “makdus” (an eggplant with pistachio and red bell pepper stuffed inside). But anyway, it’s still worth a try. It works with my friend Kerslyn. So I can ask Hubby if we can find a sachet or two.

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