Almost nothing is more annoying than insomnia, especially if you have to wake up early the next morning and you just can’t sleep. The benefits of a good night’s sleep are enormous, as well as the drawbacks of a bad night’s sleep, or inadequate sleep.
Food is very important, the most important health promoter we have, and when it comes to good quality sleep, food has a lot to do.
There are many foods that you can eat before you go to bed that will either help or hinder your sleep habits.
Cherries contain melatonin, the chemical that helps control our body’s internal clock.
A glass of milk is helpful because it contains an essential amino acid called tryptophan. This chemical is then used to make serotonin, a brain chemical often linked with happiness.
• Jasmine rice
Jasmine rice ranks high on the glycemic index, meaning the body digests it slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the bloodstream.
• Fortified hot cereals
The good complex carbohydrates are generally good for sleep, and are paired well with milk. Other complex carbs are quinoa, barley, and buckwheat.
Bananas contain the natural muscle-relaxants magnesium and potassium, which help to promote sleep. They’re also carbs, which will help make you sleepy as well.
• Sweet potatoes
They provide sleep-promoting complex carbohydrates, and also contain that muscle-relaxing potassium.
• Coffee, energy drinks, or any caffeinated drinks
The obvious culprit of sleep deprivation is caffeine, which is a central nervous stimulant.
• Dark chocolate
Chocolate contains not only calories, but caffeine, especially dark chocolate.
Alcohol metabolizes quickly in your system and causes you to wake up multiple times during the night.
Any type of protein is going to be counterproductive if consumed at night, since it slows down your digestion.
• Spicy food
Acidic and spicy foods can cause reflux, heartburn, and other symptoms that interrupt sleep.
• Bacon Cheeseburger
The huge amount of fat in this type of “food” is guaranteed to be a sleep killer, it can cause heartburn, making the time you’d like to be sleeping much more uncomfortable.