March 18, 2016
Can’t stop fidgeting before bed? Does your mind or body keep you awake well into the wee hours of the night? While everyone knows to lay off the caffeine before bed, not that many people know what foods will help get you settled in for a deep snooze.
Well, we’ve got you covered with eight natural sleep inducers to get you sawing logs and counting sheep in no time.
1. Warm Milk
While any dairy product will have a requisite blend of calcium and tryptophan that theoretically translates into magical sleepy times, the going belief here is that the act of drinking warm milk before bed has the added benefit of being an old wives’ tale, which makes for a promising placebo leading to a restful night.
2. Half Cup Of Rice
Specifically jasmine rice, but again any variety will do. By eating simple carbohydrates, you’re releasing insulin which induces a sugar crash as your body burns through the caloric energy of the rice, which should start to make you feel sleepy shortly after that. Enjoy!
Ditch the sleeping pills and pop a handful of almonds into your mouth. These little miracles come loaded with tryptophan and magnesium, both of which induce sleepiness and relax muscle function so you can start drifting off to dreamland.
At its core, honey is pure glucose, but you don’t need to worry about a sugar crash here. Glucose tells your body to shut off production of orexin, which is a neurotransmitter closely linked with alertness. So essentially, honey chills you out.
If you mix warm milk with honey, you’ll find a healthy balance of carbs with protein to help induce the Zzz’s.
Cherries are a reliable, natural source of melatonin, one of the major neurotransmitters that help promote sleep. Adding cherries to your diet will help regulate your sleeping pattern, making you tired at more constant intervals. As a bonus, they are also high in vitamins A and C.
Hummus is another tryptophan-packed treat that will help you sail into the land of nod. Its calorie-dense recipe is also helpful to people who wake up hungry in the middle of the night, meaning putting this delicious spread into your regular snack cycle makes too much sense.
Thanks to potassium and magnesium (which act as muscle and nerve relaxers) bananas are an appealing choice to help you doze off before I write any more nauseating puns. The high levels of B6 in nanners also help turn tryptophan into serotonin, making you both relaxed and sleepy.
While the level of tryptophan in turkey meat is usually grossly overstated, it does contain a healthy dose of the chemical that metabolizes into melatonin and serotonin. Just don’t use processed, cured cold cuts that contain tyramine, because it’ll produce the opposite effect, making you feel alert. And nobody wants that before bed.