Imagine if you could sleep better by simply eating, or not eating, certain foods. Well, you actually can. There's definitely a connection between the food you consume and the sleep you get. Here's how to eat smart to maximize the quality and power of your zzz's.
Reach for the Cherries
Cherries are one of the few natural foods that contain melatonin, a chemical that helps control our body’s internal clock.Tryptophan-Rich FoodsTryptophan, a sleep-promoting substance, is found in dairy products, nuts and seeds, bananas, honey, and eggs. No wonder our mom's used to give us a magical glass of warm milk.
Do Eat Carbs
Carbohydrate-rich foods complement dairy foods by increasing the level of sleep-inducing tryptophan in the blood. So a few perfect late night snacks to get you snoozing might include a bowl of cereal and milk, yogurt and crackers, or bread and cheese.
Dreamy Bedtime Snacks
A little food in your stomach may help you sleep, but keep it light. Too much
Cut the Fluids by 8 P.M.
Staying hydrated throughout the day is important for your body, but limit your fluid intake before bed. You're sure to have interrupted sleep if you're constantly getting up to go to the bathroom. food slows your digestive system and will only make you uncomfortable.
Watch out for Hidden Caffeine
It's no surprise that an evening cup of coffee might disrupt your sleep. But think about less obvious caffeine sources, like chocolate, cola, tea, and decaffeinated coffee.
Don't Mix Alcohol & Sleep
Having a drink before bedtime may help you fall asleep faster, but it negatively affects your sleep cycle by reducing your REM sleep. Try to avoid alcohol 4-6 hours before bed or balance each drink with a glass of water.
Lying down after a spicy meal can result in heartburn and poor sleep. Studies have found that eating spicy food before you go to bed raises the core body temperature, which is linked to restless sleep.
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