Foods That Aid Sleep


Foods and Drinks You Can Try For Better Sleep

If you have sleep deprivation, you can get help from some foods and drinks. Here are 6 of the nutritions that help fall asleep:

1. Popcorn


The carbonhydrates in the fat-free popcorn supply the aminoacid called tyrptophan to the brain. Tyrptophan is used for the production of the neurotransmitter called serotonin in the brain. Popcorn may help you feel sleepy. 

Attention: There are findings which show that popcorn cooked in the microwave owen is dangerous for health. It is advised that popcorn is cooked on fire without using fats and salt.



2. Halibut Fish

Halibut is a Norwegian fish which contains both tyrptophan and vitamin B6, therefore it aids sleep. Some of the other foods are rich in tyrptophan are: red meat, soy beans, milk, cheese, yoghurt, nuts and eggs.






3. Dried Tart Cherries


Tart cherries (sour cherries), whose homeland is Turkey, contain carbonhydrates which boost production of serotonin. Dired tart cherries are also one of the few foods which contain melatonin which promotes better sleep and lessens the negative effects of jet-lag. 

Tart cherries, and especially the dried ones, contain antioxidants which slow aging. 






4. Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)


Garbanzo beans are rich in their vitamin B6 content, which is necessary for the production of serotonin. 

They can be added to salads, soups and many meals.






5. Chamomile Tea


Chamomile Tea is a drink which does not contain caffein and has relaxing effects. It can be a good aid for falling asleep. 










6. Honey
 
Orexin is a recently discovered neurotransmitter which has been linked to wakefulness. A rise in blood sugar levels can reduce orexin production in the brain. Therefore, eating honey can help sleep better. 






References
"Foods That Help You Sleep", Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-recipes/foods-help-you-sleep/slide/6
"Five foods a naturopath would never eat", Dr. Natasha Turner, http://www.chatelaine.com/health/diet/foods-a-naturopath-would-never-eat/

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