Many people struggle with sleeping at night. Whether this is centered around stress, an unfamiliar location or other mental and physical conditions, the need to sleep is important, yet there are all sorts of elements out there preventing sleep. That is exactly why you need to know what sort of foods are out there that can help you improve your ability to sleep. Now, not all foods can help you sleep, as some that are heavy in carbohydrates are going to force your stomach to work overtime, which in turn is going to keep you up. Instead, you need to stay with these foods, as each one of these options are able to improve your chances of falling asleep fast.
Walnuts contain tryptophan. This is a famous sleep-enhancing agent that is actually an acid and helps make up serotonin and melatonin. Essentially, any sort of food that contains tryptophan is going to be good with helping you sleep. Walnuts are especially helpful as this particular kind of food is easy to snack on and you only need a handful of it. Plus, it is an easy snack to munch on while watching any sort of television before going to bed and, best of all, it is healthy and good for you.
You are going to find that most nuts are actually pretty good for you, not only with helping you sleep but also improve your overall diet and level of nutrition as well. Almonds are heavy in magnesium, which is a mineral needed for quality sleep. If your magnesium levels are too low, it is going to become difficult to stay asleep. If you are struggling with falling asleep and staying asleep, a bowl of almonds might be exactly what you need. In fact, you can simply mix together a nice bowl of walnuts and almonds and you should be good to go.
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Any real dairy is going to help you with falling asleep. Calcium uses the tryptophan in order to produce melatonin. If you have ever had a large dish of ice-cream before, you’ve probably felt a bit sleeping afterwards, that is because of the tryptophan found in it. However, a large bowl of ice cream before bed is not a good idea as it can make your stomach upset. You don’t need a large helping, but instead you can just go for a few slices, or even mix it with crackers, so it feels like you are eating more of a substantial snack instead.
Lettuce contains something known as lactucarium, which is a natural sedative and is going help your brain fall asleep. You can actually make a quality tea out of a few lettuce leaves that should help you fall asleep. By placing three or four lettuce leaves (large) into a cup of water and allowing it to sit for 15 minutes, you can then drink the water (feel free to mix in some mint and heat until almost boiling) right before you go to bed and you should feel the effects rather quickly.
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Cherry juice is going to boost your level of melatonin. This tart beverage is a good option for drinking before going to bed. Just make sure to drink it before you brush your teeth and not after, otherwise you are going to have a rather harsh and bitter aftertaste to deal with.
Drinking a cup of tea before bedtime is always a good idea, as it can help improve your digestion, hydrate your body and improve your mood. It can also improve your ability to fall asleep as well. Chamomile tea is excellent for helping you fall asleep as it comes with an increase of glycine, which is a chemical that is going to help relax your nerves and muscles. Essentially, it acts as a mild sedative, which is perfect for when you want to fall asleep. Some people might find it to be an acquired taste, but if you are use to tea, you should find this to be a perfect option. A cup of this while you are winding down and preparing yourself for bed is a perfect option and is going to help.