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Sleep Help – Foods To Help You Sleep Better

Sleep is one of the body's most vital functions, and it is crucial that along with healthy day-to-day habits, your eating patterns are able to satisfy your body's daily need for sleep.

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Sleep Help - Food that Help Sleep Better

You may naturally be a light sleeper, or a deep sleeper. But disruption of your normal sleep routine, insomnia for more than two nights a week and a complete loss of sleep even though you feel tired is a matter of concern. It is vital to get a good night's sleep before a busy office/school day. But hardly ever consider some crucial aspects in our day to day life that adversely effect us. The food that you eat plays a huge role in our body's biorhythm and in turn gives sleep help. Relying on caffeinated products like coffee before going to bed inspite of popular belief, does not supplement a good night's sleep. Caffeine is a stimulant, too much of which will make you anxious, jittery and create loss of sleep.Our eating patterns also affects us and facilitates sleep help. The body's natural bio-rhythm anticipates large meals by secreting enzymes that aid in digestion. If your body does not get its quota of regular good food, its pattern gets disrupted and this is a major factor in sleep deprivation. The timing of your meals is also very important. If you eat too soon before bedtime or a too-spicy of fatty meal, your metabolic rate and body temperature will increase when they should ideally be decreasing. This makes it harder to fall asleep. The best way to avoid this is not to eat a large meal and if you do, do not eat it within two hours prior to bedtime. Eat a light snack preferably if you are sleeping right afterwards.

Lack of Sleep Symptoms - Responsible Factors

Sleep deprivation may arise due to quite a large number of factors. Insomnia is one of the major lack of sleep symptoms. The major symptoms that arise out of sleep deprivation are loss of appetite, lack of concentration, irritibaility, constant tiredness, major changes in weight, blurry vision, constant muscular tremors or spasms and memory loss, among others. These symptoms if allowed to persist can not only harm us, but create chronic illness and even turn fatal. In case you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is crucial that you immediately pay attention and discover the cause. Food habits are a major reason. The best way to avoid, reduce or remove these problems are to have a balanced and healthy diet routine. Cut down on your daily level of alcohol or smoking. Try to avoid large intake of caffeinated products throughout the day. Lack of sleep symptoms have both physical and psychological ill-effects if they continue to persist.

Tips for Sleeping - Eat Healthy, Eat Right

The best tips for sleeping are to eat foods that are rich in the hormone tryptophan. Foods that contain tryptophan, help to promote sleep, by converting the hormone to an amino acid called L-tryptophan that produces serotonin. Serotonin is essential for sleep and is populary called the 'sleep hormone'.Eating cherries is also beneficial. Cherries are not only rich in vitamins, but also produce melatonin, that induces sleep in the human body. Eating foods rich in carbohydrates like whole-grain cereal, oats, a turkey sandwich, etc. Dairy products like non-fat milk, also make it easier to fall asleep. Banana, honey, yoghurt, chocolates, figs, candy, cakes, dates, spaghetti and potatoes are good sleep regulizers.A well-balanced night-time meal that is light, rich in carbs and tryptophan is the key to a well-deserved good night's sleep. Eat healthy, eat right, keep your fat intake low, drink less coffee (drink de-caf) and take a 10 minute brisk walk or cycle before you go to bed, and see the change in your sleep patterns instantly.Photo Source : flickr.com/pedrosimoes7/

Written by Melanie Gray

One Response to Sleep Help – Foods To Help You Sleep Better

  1. a p navin said
    Thank you for this article Melanie. I hate it when i don't sleep or when i sleep too much. Sleep is all in the mind they say. Glad i can sleep.
    Now what is sleep? - Would you want to tell, should i know?
    Cos, to explain i guess you have to talk about science n all and i would find that boring and maybe go to sleep ;-)
    Life is good till their is sleep, dreams and forgetful nightmares.

    Sleep Help - work, and its various forms to help you sleep better.

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