Sleep is extremely important, especially for young people, yet, no one really takes it seriously. The worst part is even if you go to bed at the right time, your mind ends up thinking about million things and stressing over scenarios that may never happen, which eventually leads to staying awake till 3 AM.
So, instead of seeing the doctor about it and worrying about it, what if you just tried to eat a few different things before bed? Some people try to cut down on caffeine, and others choose alcohol that will definitely make them sleep.
Our stomach, however, has an odd connection with our brain and its ability to sleep. So, let’s fill it up with delicious foods, and then have a smooth sleep, shall we?
#1 – Chickpeas
So, what about having hummus as a night snack? Yes, please.
If you have difficulty falling asleep, then just head to your kitchen, bring out all the Chickpeas you have, and enjoy them till you snore. These peas have tryptophan, which is the same chemical that turkeys have.
Our bodies convert that chemical into vitamin B, which can help us relax. Also, it creates Serotonin, and it is a hormone that is associated with our melatonin and sleep levels.
#2 – Honey
Scientists recently discovered that honey contains a natural sugar that can raise our insulin levels while allowing tryptophan to enter our brains more easily.
For better results, you can add the honey to warm tea in order to relax your muscles and increase the level of your “sleep” hormone for a more calm night away from any nightmares, or better, stress!
#3 – Chamomile Tea
Speaking of tea, here is the one that can totally help you relax and sleep within minutes. Chamomile tea will increase glycine, which is a chemical that can help you unwind your muscles and nerves, and leading you to sleep. Basically, the Chamomile tea works like a sedative, and if you added honey to it, then the result will be quicker and better.
#4 – Cherries
Can you imagine this healthy, delicious fruit is able to help you sleep like a baby?
Cherries are people’s favorite fruit due to its great taste and amazing benefits. It is capable to boost the responsible hormone for sleeping, which is melatonin.
But if you need to sleep faster and want an almost-immediate result, then it is best to go for the cherries that are tart. They are the ones that can do the trick.
#5 – Bananas
If you want to know the truthfulness of this one, you can try it yourself after lunch. Eat a banana or two and you will find yourself falling asleep in no time. Scientists did their researches and found out that the reason is the fact that they contain magnesium and potassium.
These two elements are muscle relaxants, also, the banana has L-tryptophan, which is an amino acid that changes to 5-HTP, that also converts to serotonin, the sleep hormone!
#6 – Kale
Some of you hate it, and most of you love it. In both cases, we can all agree that kale is a “superfood” due its unbelievably great nutrients. It is full of calcium that helps the brain convert the tryptophan into melatonin.
Plus, your body will be very thankful for the number of vitamins you just provided it. Other green leaves that are useful when it comes to ease the sleeping process are mustard greens and spinach.
#7 – Almonds
Almonds are a great snack to munch on as you wait for your body to fall asleep in the middle of the night. They contain magnesium, which is great for improving your sleep quality. Plus, it will also help you get more in “the mood”, which will help you fall asleep, too, right after you finish… you know!
Here are some other nuts that can help you fall asleep in case you don’t like almonds: pistachios, walnuts, and brazil.
#8 – Dark Chocolate
Oh yes, just binge eat that dark chocolate as much as you can at night. It will not even make you gain an extra pound! It is very good for your body and one of the best desserts out there, just don’t consume it by the barrel.
This snack is full of magnesium, and that what helps the body relaxes, and the cells to cope with the circadian internal/rhythm clock of the body.
#9 – Sweet potato
Sweet potatoes are the best replacement for the unhealthy, regular fries or even for the bread in breakfast toast. It is a great source of magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
However, the most important element that you need in order to visit the land of sheep is the potassium. In addition to that, they are a complex carbohydrate, which also helps with sleep.
#10 – Dairy
Hello, cheese lovers, we see you!
Dairy is a very helpful element for sleeping, and we have already heard before that a warm glass of milk can put us immediately to sleep. The good news is it is not just the milk; it is any dairy product, including yogurt and cheese.
So feel free to binge eat the crackers and cheese before bed. The science behind this is that the calcium in the dairy products can actually help the brain use the tryptophan to make melatonin.
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