Tip Of the Month !

Food and Sleep
01-Dec-2015

Food and Sleep

Sleep is vital for good health and wellbeing. Adequate sleep is important for appetite and weight management — a key to preventing many chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Stress is a major contributor to disrupted sleep. In addition, as we age sleep becomes less efficient, lighter and often less restful.

There are many foods that can help you relax and catch some sleep a little easier.

Dairy products -Foods containing tryptophan , an essential amino acid, helps to raise serotonin and melatonin levels in the body, both of which can help induce sleep.

Oats- Oats are a good natural source of melatonin, which is often taken as a sleep aid due to its ability to help regulate the body's internal clock. They are also another good source of tryptophan, especially when combined with milk.

Bananas- Bananas are excellent source of both minerals, making them a good bedtime snack after a heavy exercise session. Bananas also contain tryptophan, which can help to promote sleep.

Cherries- Cherries provide a great natural source of melatonin as well as being excellent for overall health. Melatonin can help to regulate sleep,.

Flax seeds - Flax seeds aid in increasing levels of sleep-regulating substance serotonin in the body due to their high levels of both tryptophan and omega-3 fatty acids. Furthermore, the omega-3 fatty acids they contain have been proven to help reduce the anxiety, depression and stress which are leading causes of insomnia, and have been shown to be effective against the condition sleep apnea.

Flax seeds are a good source of magnesium, which is renowned for its ability to reduce stress due to its relaxing effect on the muscles and nervous system. Magnesium has also been shown to help prevent restless leg syndrome and night terrors; both of which can affect sleep.

           

Take steps to improve your sleep and your health.

Stay nourished

Strive for 7 to 8 hours of sleep   each night !!