Improve sleep and drift off to a long, blissful nights sleep. Sounds perfect to me but getting a good nights sleep when you are stressed may be challenging. Improve sleep by eating healthy foods containing tryptophan, magnesium, potassium and/or calcium. Tryptophan works as a precursor to melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone which induces sleep. Potassium assists with producing deep, slow-wave sleep. Calcium is calming and magnesium relaxes your muscles.
Healthy Foods To Improve Sleep
Bananas are a good source of potassium and tryptophan.
Cherries are a fantastic source of melatonin.
Eggs are a good source of protein and light on the digestion.
Legumes, split peas, and lentils offer fiber, protein, and a rich source of tryptophan.
Warm milk contains tryptophan and calcium.
Nuts and seeds contain magnesium.
Oats contain melatonin.
Soy products contain tryptophan and calcium.
Turkey and chicken are a source of tryptophan.
Yogurt contains calcium, magnesium, and tryptophan.
Health Tips to Improve Sleep
Balance your blood sugar levels throughout the day by eating small amounts of protein with every meal.
Practice yoga, meditation, and any other relaxation technique.
Laughing, smiling, and exercise all help produce serotonin. Serotonin is the hormone which makes us happy. When serotonin is produced during the day the body is more likely to produce melatonin at night.
Magnesium from an Epsom’s salts bath helps relax muscles.
Burn some essential oils including; lavender and ylang-ylang. They help induce a relaxing mood.
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Nic Makim is a nutritionist, health coach and blogger focusing on weight loss, cleansing, vitality and healthy aging.