Sleep - why does it elude us when we most need it? How do we bring out our inner Morpheus ( God of Dreams)?
An estimated 50 - 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder. Many of us take some kind of sleep inducing over the counter drug to let us hit the sack better. But they do come with a host of side effects like grogginess the next day, dependency etc. We don't want that.
There has been a lot of research on foods that help us sleep better. Of course these foods won't knock you out like the medications, but it is always better to use natural ways in the long run. Let's have a look at these foods, shall we?
1) Tart Cherry Juice - adults with insomnia who drank 8 oz of tart cherry juice a day had an average of 84 more minutes of sleep a day compared to the two weeks they did not have the juice.
2) Kiwi Fruit - eating 2 kiwi fruits an hour before bedtime helps to let you fall asleep more quickly and soundly. Interesting...
3) Omega 3 DHA - this supplement is linked to better sleep.
4) Walnuts - these nuts are a great source of melatonin which helps in increasing blood levels of this internal clock controlling hormone, resulting in improved sleep.
5) Almonds - sleep problems occur when the body is low in magnesium. Almonds are the number one source of magnesium. I should blog about this supernut. I read so many good stuff about almonds everyday.
6) Chamomile Tea - we have heard about this traditional remedy over and over again. Studies have confirmed the calming and the sleep inducing effect of chamomile tea.
7) Peanut Butter Sandwich - this one is my fav. A good dose of sugars and carbs can help your body slow down and prepare it for sleep. Why don't you try almond butter on whole grain toast instead? So you won't feel so guilty about stuffing yourself with carbs and sugar just before you sleep.
All these tips have been courtesy of treehugger.com