Recent studies show that those who take sleeping pills like Ambien and Lunesta are prone to developing cancer and have a higher risk of dying. Why not play it safe with a natural remedy we can find at home? If your insomnia attacks, try any of these foods few hours before you sleep and see the result.
Add a teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm milk or tea. The glucose will lower the levels of orexin, a neurotransmitter that raises your level of alertness. Take this drink a few minutes before bedtime for maximum effect.
Feeling restless before bedtime can be reduced by eating a piece of whole grain bread or toast. Whole grains encourage the production of insulin, which helps neural pathways get tryptophan — an amino acid that acts as a sedative to the brain.
Instead of taking a pill, a Banana would be a better substitute. Bananas are high in potassium, a mineral that is essential to having a goodnight sleep. It also contains tryptophan and magnesium, making banana a natural sedative.
Beans are a natural source of vitamin B complex. It contains a nice amount of different B vitamins like B6, niacin, and folate, and has long been used to treat insomnia and help alleviate stress and anxiety.
Remember the warm glass of milk that your momma gave you when you were a kid? Well, it is a proven method to help you sleep better at night. A natural source of sleep-inducing tryptophan can be found in dairy products.
Nuts contain magnesium and tryptophan which are natural sedative. Eating it as a snack before bed will help boost serotonin levels in the brain which help to get a goodnight sleep.
Oats contain Melatonin a hormone that helps to control the body’s sleep cycle. If you feel a little restless at night, have a bowl of oatmeal or a piece of oat cookie.
All poultry contain sleep-inducing tryptophan. If you found yourself hungry before bed, try some sliced chicken and whole wheat bread. Both food can do the trick to help you sleep.
Chickpeas is a wonder legume. It contains vitamin B6 which helps the body to produce serotonin that boost the mental health and helps you relax easy. Have some hummus for a late-night snack, it’s healthy for the body and will help you sleep easily.
Who says you can’t have a dessert at midnight? Have a small bowl of yogurt with added nut toppings may be just what you need to fall asleep. Yogurt contains calcium, which is necessary for processing sleep-inducing hormones tryptophan and melatonin.
Cherries is said to have high melatonin and a recent study shows that regular drinking of cherry juice or eating cherries may help people who are suffering from insomnia to regulate their body cycles for better sleep.
Leafy greens contain high level calcium which is necessary in producing sleep hormones. So instead of munching on some chips when hunger strikes at night why not make some Kale Chips for a healthy, sleep-inducing snack.
A mug of chamomile tea before bedtime is all you need to help you drift off to sleep. Tea contains a calming effect that helps your body relax.