5 Foods that Reduce Insomnia

insomniaDo you often have trouble falling asleep? If it happens over an extended period, you may be suffering from insomnia or habitual sleeplessness. Over time, insomnia becomes frustrating and may lead to impairment of motor skills and your normal daytime activities.

Insomnia is often related to stress or excess consumption of coffee or tea (caffeine). You can reduce the occurrence and severity of your insomnia naturally by avoiding stimulants like caffeine and including certain foods in your diet that help induce sleep.

Here are five of the best foods to reduce insomnia:

  1. Dairy Products – While dairy may not be for you if you are lactose intolerant, milk products contain tryptophan, the same sleep-inducing amino acid found in the turkey that puts you to sleep on Thanksgiving Day. Your body also uses tryptophan to produce the natural sleep-inducing compounds melatonin and serotonin.
  1. Bananas – Bananas also contain tryptophan, the amino acid that acts as a natural sleep aid and induces relaxation. Bananas are also high in potassium and other nutrients and should be a part of your diet; try to include one banana in your diet each day.
  1. Cherry Juice – Cherries and cherry juice help regulate the body’s sleep cycle and aid sleep. Melatonin-rich tart cherry juice was shown to aid sleep. In a study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, when adults with chronic insomnia drank a cup of cherry juice twice a day they experienced relief in the severity of their insomnia.
  1. Chamomile Tea – Chamomile is an herbal tea that is not only caffeine free but is also associated with an increased release of glycine, an amino acid that relaxes nerves and muscles and acts like a natural mild sedative. People who pour a hot cup of this tea before bed finds it relaxing. Another option is Valerian Root Tea for its natural calming and relaxing effect.
  1. Fresh FruitsPineapples, grapes, bananas and oranges are rich sources of melatonin, a hormone that helps control sleep cycles and dark and light cycles. Your brain associates darkness with sleep, if you have ever worked the “graveyard” shift, you’ve experienced this relationship first hand. Melatonin is one of several hormones that supports the body’s circadian rhythms associated with sleep patterns. Adding these fruits to your diet will naturally maintain levels of melatonin and help you sleep.

Include these five foods in your diet to reduce your insomnia.

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