Foods That Can Help Us Sleep

Some of us have trouble falling asleep, some of us can’t stay asleep, and then the rest us just go to bed too late! But whatever the cause, most of us are not getting enough shut-eye. The benefits of enough, good sleep include: a stronger immune system, a sharper brain, increased alertness, and a slimmer waistline. By including these foods in your diet, you may be able to sleep better.

Walnuts
Walnuts contain tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that plays a role in making serotonin and melatonin, sleep-inducing hormones. These two hormones set our sleep-wake cycles. With our sleep-wake cycles in check, you are more likely to get sufficient sleep. Melatonin can also help you fall asleep quicker, allowing for more sleep.

Lettuce
We have all heard of opium. Opium is a drug that is used in medicine, which acts as an analgesic. Lactucarium acts the same way, having a sedative effect to our brains, similar to opium. Lactucarium is found in lettuce. So having a salad with dinner is a great way to help you fall asleep at night. Just another reason to increase your veggie intake!

Chamomile Tea
We all love a cup of tea. Chamomile tea increases the amount of glycine in your body. Glycine is an amino acid that relaxes the muscles, acting like a mild sedative, lessening muscle spasms and pains, encouraging your body to relax.

Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.

Tammy Kacev
Nutrition Expert

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