According to the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, there are nearly 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. that suffer from insomnia. Most reported that they only suffer from short-term insomnia but there are some that suffer chronic insomnia. As we have discussed earlier this month, sleep deprivation has a significant hold on our quality of life.
Eat Better – Sleep Better
The number one cause of insomnia, in most cases, is stress, either work or family related. When a person is suffering from insomnia it can also lead to insomnia eating and it’s usually those unhealthy choices that become the problem.
Foods rich in caffeine, gluten, sugar, and polyunsaturated fats can also attribute to your insomnia as well. It’s a vicious cycle, isn’t it?
Improving your diet is the first and a very important step towards ending your insomnia.
There are foods that can aid in better sleep and thus fight your insomnia tendencies.
Five foods that help are:
- Almonds – One of the best foods for treating insomnia because of their excellent source of magnesium. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant that contains anti-stress properties.
- Cherries – Cherries and cherry products have been linked to improve sleep. A study published in 2012 in the European Journal of Nutrition found that those who consumed a tart cherry juice concentrate for seven days consecutively showed a “significantly elevated” melatonin content in their urine.
- Bananas – Bananas, also rich in magnesium, may seem a little shocking, because they’ve been known to boost energy. But actually does aid in better sleep. Bananas are also rich in potassium and tryptophan, which are the “magic potion” for a boost in the sleep department.
- Valerian – Not as well known as say the banana, the root of the valerian plant is consumed in tea or tincture form and has been aiding in sleep since Ancient Rome and Greece. This root has sedative and anxiolytic properties proven by countless studies.
- Oatmeal – It doesn’t get more basic than a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast! High in magnesium and potassium it is also a great choice for an evening food, as it’s warm and soothing nature indicates a sense of sleep and calm. Mixed with milk – known as the best relaxation drink – and you have yourself a nice sleep concoction.
What’s Your Combination?
Insomnia in any state is exhausting and can be devastating to our health and well-being. Why not throw in a few foods to your diet that are proven to help ward off insomnia and induce a restful nights sleep?
Find a bed that makes you feel good,