Created Tuesday, 07 July 2009 18:30
Foods for a Long, Deep Sleep
Diet plays an important role in regulating sleep patterns. If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from insomnia or other sleep-related problems, try out these tasty tips to help get a good night’s sleep.
Milk: It’s not merely an old wives’ tale – milk contains tryptophan, which is believed by many to encourage sleep. However, if you are short on milk, try other dairy products or turkey instead. Even if the amount of tryptophan isn’t high enough to bring on the z’s, chances are the warm memories associated with a glass of milk before bedtime will be enough to set the stage for a calm and cozy night.
Melatonin: Meat is one food that contains melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps regulate the normal circadian rhythm associated with sleep. Every person and creature on earth has a natural sleep/wake cycle that is very sensitive to disruption. Unfortunately, modern life often conflicts with the natural rhythm of the body. Melatonin can be added to the diet in the form of a supplement for those in need of additional help.
Cut the Caffeine: Coffee, chocolate, cola and other products that contain high levels of sugar or caffeine often interfere with sleep cycles. While you are at it, be sure to eliminate all other stimulants at least four hours prior to bedtime and replace with slow stretching exercise or a relaxing walk to help work off excess energy.
Don’t Drink and Sleep: It’s also a good idea to reconsider alcoholic beverages. Although they may initially relax both mind and body, the high sugar content and metabolic effects often cause insomnia later in the night or early morning.