Five foods that will help you sleep well

Having trouble sleeping lately? Is hunger part of the issue? Incorporate these five foods in your diet today to get some much needed shut-eye.

 Cherries

Cherries can be consumed either fresh or dried. These little gems are a rich source of melatonin. Melatonin is the chemical that helps regulate the body’s internal clock for sleep. Cherries that are especially tart were found to contain a high dose of melatonin. Consume them an hour before you’d like to fall asleep.

 Bananas

Bananas are a rich source of potassium and magnesium. These minerals act as muscle relaxers. It is a natural source of amino acid L-tryptophan that turns to 5-HTP and this converts to melatonin.

 Warm milk

Milk is a good source of calcium and is said to promote sleep because the amino acid L-tryptophan, which, like bananas, converts to melatonin and helps you sleep better. So your mom was right, wasn’t she?

Oatmeal

A large bowl of oatmeal is not only comforting, but it also enhances your sleep. The oats act as a catalyst to increase the blood sugar in the body. This starts insulin production and pumps out chemicals that help you sleep. Oats also are a good source of melatonin.

 Toast

Bread is full of carbohydrates. Make sure to choose whole grain bread to get the best nutrients. When you consume carbs, it triggers an increase in blood sugar levels. Similar to oatmeal, eating toast will help release chemicals, such as tryptophan and serotonin that help you relax.

 

You can consume these foods an hour before your bedtime. You could also eat these foods before you get on that long flight.

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