At some point in our lives we’ve experienced sleepless nights. Many of which were perhaps results of our own choices like when we stay up late to watch our favorite reality show that unfortunately gets aired right before midnight or back in college when we needed to pull an all-nighter just to finish our thesis project. These, however, are different from people who are struggling with sleep.
Today, many adults are flocking clinics and setting up appointments just to address their insomnia issues. Or if not, they’re probably ranting on social media how restless they are in the morning that they didn’t get a proper shuteye. Whichever the case, not getting enough sleep can be extremely stressful and it affects not just your daily activities and your mood, it also takes a toll on your overall health.
Usually doctors prescribe you with pills for those who are actually diagnosed and often they advise you to change your mattress to a softer one. They also ask whether or not you’re comfortable with the amount of pillows you have or if the pillows are too soft or too hard. Sometimes even when we’ve done everything we can like changing our beddings, sheets, pillows, mattresses and the like, sleeping seems to evade us. If you’re not keen on popping pills or investing in another expensive mattress this article might help address your sleeping problem. Here is our list of top 3 foods that are scientifically proven to help you get a good night’s sleep.
Make the switch to low-fat and low caloric dishes
While it may be tempting to eat thick and juicy steaks (including beef fat), stacks of burgers and fries and ice cream, we hate to break it to you, but in the long haul it’s going to be a struggle and it’s going to affect your sleeping pattern. Studies show that people who are obese are more prone to sleeping disturbances than those who are normal in weight. If you tweak your diet and choose low-fat dishes it will address your weight problem and soon will solve your sleeping problem.
Foods that are rich in melatonin
Scientifically, melatonin is an anti-oxidant. The main food source of it is cherries. Do you ever wonder why cherry juice is almost always present in the ingredients found in several beauty products? The reason is because cherries contain a certain amino acid known as tryptophan. Tryptophan is later converted to serotonin and then processed in the body to be converted to melatonin. Melatonin is our body’s natural counterpart for sleeping pills because it helps induce sleep. Food sources that are rich in melatonin include raspberries, grapes, strawberries, almonds and oats.
Not many of us know how by incorporating calcium-rich food sources in our meals can significantly improve our sleeping habits. This is perhaps why when we were younger our parents would prepare a mug of steamed milk right before bedtime. They did it with full knowledge that milk, a drink rich in calcium, can help induce sleep because of its tryptophan content. Studies show that children who drank warm milk before bedtime slept better. The same goes for adults who drink milk before dozing off.
If you’re still having trouble getting a decent shuteye, it would be wise if you add these food sources in your carts the next time you go grocery shopping. It’s way cheaper than seeing a doctor.