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Insomnia Cure - Eat Yourself To Sleep

We all know that certain foods and drink (alcohol, caffeine) can prevent us from sleeping but what about the inverse? Which foods can one eat to help aid sleep?

The following foods contain substances that should help you prevent insomnia.

  • Pastas, cereals, fruit, potatoes, oatmeal and brown rice all contain complex carbohydrates which causes the body to produce the sleep hormone, seratonin.
  • Milk, when warmed, contains tryptophan which aids sleep. I personally add warm milk to some hot chocolate powder as part of my pre-sleep routine. Some enjoy a glass of warm milk mixed with honey.
  • Lettuce contains contains an opium-related substance that will aid sleep if eaten as part of your evening meal
  • Fish and poultry contain niacin (vitamin B3) which promotes seratonin production.
  • Consider garnishing your meals with lemon, a natural alternative to sleeping pills.
  • Dill & basil can not only enhance your meal's flavor they can also help to relax the mind and body.

Dietary Do's & Don'ts

Do

  • Enjoy some warm milk just before bedtime
  • Eat a bowl of cereal as your late snack
  • Consume a large breakfast containing complex carbohydrates, complemented by a smaller evening meal

Don't

  • Consume drinks containing caffeine, including cokes, tea and coffee.
  • Drink alcohol before bedtime. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol is a stimulant and will most likely keep you awake
  • Eat too much in the evening. An upset stomach will keep you awake or wake you in the middle of the night.
  • Eat chocolate
  • Consume sugar or food containing refined carbohydrates
  • Smoke cigarettes close to bedtime

Insomnia has many causes but it may just be that by changing both your diet and eating habits you can cure or prevent it. In other words, to beat insomnia, one should try counting calories rather than sheep!

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