Can Certain Foods Help You Sleep Better?
by Ashley Green
benefits of a sound sleep is not a state secret. We know how
sleep can effect our productivity, our decision making
capability, functioning of our brain. According to Ayurveda,
people who are most vulnerable to sleep disorders have dry
hair, suffer hair fall, sensitive digestions, are usually
restless, prone to smoking and have dry skin as well. In
the nutshell, a good night's sleep is essential to good
Studies say over 100 million Americans
suffer from some form of insomnia. But the good news is, you
can easily improve your sleep with better sleep habits. For
sound sleep tips, click here.
Also, it has been proved now that some food
have the power to affect our sleep. The affects can be
positive as well as negative. Some foods cam increase our
nervous simulation and prevent us from sleeping. Drinking
caffeinated beverages or xanthine in tea before bed time are
example of such foods. Also fizzy drinks and cigarettes have
the same effect. Basically, these foods stimulate
neurochemicals that perk up the brain. Other major factor
responsible for a disturbed sleep is eating a heavy dinner
before bedtime. it results in snoring, heavy breathing and
Myth: The most common myth found
among mass is, they believe alcohol helps in the sleep. But
the fact is, alcohol may initially act as sedative but it
interrupts normal sleep patterns in the long run.
Now, lets look at the other side of the
story. There are certain foods which improve our sleep.
These foods are rich in tryptophan. Tryptophan is the amino
acid that the body uses to make serotonin, the
neurotransmitter that slows down nerve traffic and lulls us
into restful sleep. Eating carbohydrates rich in tryptophan
makes this calming amino acid more available to brain.
Foods containing tryptophan that aid
Tip: Avoid eating junk food and
highly refined food at night because fibre-rich food
increases serotonin availability, but processed carbs over
stimulates insulin, which leads to disturbed sleep.
Other Bed time snacks can include:
Tip: Lighter meals are more likely to
give you a good night's sleep.
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