It seems that life today has become so busy and overly complicated that getting enough quality sleep has become more of a luxury than a necessity. Teenagers and adults alike have become easy target of sleep deprivation because of too much emotional distractions and social interactions. What many folks are missing, though, is that lack of sleep is blamed for a number of health problems, including muscle pains, irritable moods, increased blood pressure and stress, abnormal weight fluctuations, weakened immune system, poor concentration, and inefficiency at work — to name a few.
If counting sheep or reading a boring book doesn’t work for you, perhaps the food you eat will. Here are some snooze-inducing bedtime snacks you might want to grab the next time you visit the supermarket.
Cherries: They do not only make a sumptuous pie fillings, they also contain melatonin that plays a part in healthy sleep. Eat them as is or relish with a turkey sandwich.
Calcium-fortified Soy Milk: It boasts two sleep-boosting nutrients, tryptophan and calcium. Tryptophan increases the snooze-inducing serotonin in the brain, while calcium — aside from being good for your bones — aids your body in using the tryptophan to manufacture melatonin.
Decaffeinated Tea: A perfect example is chamomile tea which is traditionally used as a sleep-time herb. Decaf tea can soothe and relax you. You can even add honey and lemon for variety and not get worried about staying up late. Another alternative is mint tea.
Unsalted Cashew Nuts: In one study, researchers found that people with low levels of magnesium have more trouble falling asleep. If you’re one of them, snack on cashew nuts which are known to be a rich source of magnesium.