5 foods that help you sleep:

By Melanie Haiken, Caring.com


Here are five foods that can actually help you drift off:

Cherries
Fresh and dried cherries are one of the only natural food sources of melatonin, the chemical that controls the body's internal clock to regulate sleep.

Bananas
Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both. They also contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-HTP in the brain. The 5-HTP in turn is converted to serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) and melatonin.

Toast
Carbohydrate-rich foods trigger insulin production, which induces sleep. Bring on sleepiness by speeding up the release of tryptophan and serotonin, two brain chemicals that relax you and send you to sleep.

Oatmeal
Like toast, a bowl of oatmeal will trigger insulin production, raising blood sugar naturally and making you feel sleepy. Oats are also rich in melatonin, which many people take as a sleep aid.

Warm milk
Like bananas, milk contains the amino acid L-tryptophan, which turns to 5-HTP and releases relaxing serotonin. It's also high in calcium, which promotes sleep.

Have a good night…( yawn )

3 comments:

  1. Apron of the Month ClubOctober 15, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    Good evening sweet Suzy. It was a nice visit. My son (Vinny 16yrs) says hello too and asked if you would pray for him because he misplaced his wallet today. He looked everywhere and prayed twice, but nothing yet.

    You have may attention about foods to help you sleep. I love bananas and oatmeal, so that is a good excuse to have them for supper.

    Well, so I sew or should I go to bed. It is 11:48pm my time. I guess bed sounds cozier. Take soon again!

    Yoli :)

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  2. OK..I knew most of them...I did not know about cherries! Thanks for the post.

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  3. It does help sleepin yeeeah especially bananas!! XD

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