Sleep Inducing Foods
November 24, 2008
What you eat decides on how well you will be able to sleep at night. Taking a pill for sound sleep is not a solution for sleeplessness. Insomnia sets in due to many factors and it can be cured. But many take the easy way out by taking medications. Every medicine has its side effects so it is best that one learns how to invite sleep naturally.
There are various foods that help to induce sleep and some which work against it. Here is a list to help you understand various options.
1) Dairy products assist in sleep because they contain tryptophan. A glass of milk with honey, a bowl of yoghurt and even a banana help to induce sleep naturally. Honey and banana too contain tryptophan.
2) A gap of three hours before bedtime gives you good sleep. This is because there is a less load on the digestive system.
3) Avoid snacking before bedtime. This will only cause weight gain. If you are hungry, then eat a light snack of fresh fruits or juices. Going to bed on an empty stomach will lead to sleepless night.
4) Cut down on caffeine levels from evening so that the nights are peaceful. Caffeine is not just found in coffee but also in chocolates.
5) Ditch alcohol. Most people believe that alcohol induces sleep but this is a myth. It will only give you a nasty hangover in the morning. There are also chances of you getting up many times in the night than you do otherwise, thus ruining a restful slumber.
6) Nicotine has similar effect like caffeine. Many prefer to smoke before bedtime but it only works against the body.
7) Spicy and pungent food before bedtime tends to give acidity and heartburn. This should be completely avoided.
8) Deep breathing exercises before bedtime helps to relax the mind. Block your worries for the night and focus on your rest.
Sleeping is essential for the mind and body. So go an extra mile to see that you are able to accomplish minimum eight hours of snooze.
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