Foods to Fight Insomnia

Eat to sleep

Janice Tovey

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Delicious fresh kiwi to help you sleep.
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Whether it is a cup of tea, a handful of almonds and walnuts, or a slice of turkey with a little rice, take comfort in knowing that there are delicious foods that naturally produce melatonin, serotonin and contain the healthy fats required for a great night’s sleep.

We all know how important sleep is to good health. This includes physical, mental, and spiritual health.

It is interesting how much we take a deep slumber for granted until we begin experiencing nights of tossing and turning. At first, it may just seem random, a few bad nights. We put it down to the chocolate ice cream we ate before bed or the red licorice.

Our unease increases as the sleepless nights rumble on until all the sudden we realize we have a problem.

Our anxiety around sleeplessness exponentially increases as do the dark circles under our eyes and our shortened fuse.

We must act.

If you decide to explore the more natural route to help you sleep, there are foods that have been proven to help ease the pains of insomnia.

6 Food to Help You Sleep

ALMONDS are a great source of magnesium. They are also a good source of melatonin, a hormone that improves sleep quality and quantity in some people. Melatonin works by adjusting your internal sleep clock. It gives your body the correct signals to prepare for sleep. Melatonin is a hormone and should be used with caution.

KIWI research has shown that kiwi may be one of the best foods to eat before you turn out the lights. Kiwis contain an abundant amount of the neurotransmitter that assists with sleep regulation.

CHAMOMILE TEA contains a chemical called apigenin. It is an antioxidant that acts to merge certain brain receptors that have been shown to decrease insomnia and improve sleep.

TURKEY makes us sleepy. It contains an amino acid tryptophan that produces melatonin. Sleepiness may also be promoted by turkey’s high protein content.

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WHITE RICE is carbohydrate dense with a very high glycemic index which promotes sleepiness.

WALNUTS are high in fatty acids. These acids help to promote a good night’s sleep. They are composed of (ALA) alpha-linolenic acid and omega-3 fatty acid which the body converts to a substance called DHA which acts to increase the production of serotonin.

Whether it is a cup of tea, a handful of almonds and walnuts, or a slice of turkey with a little rice, take comfort in knowing that there are delicious foods that naturally produce melatonin, serotonin and contain the healthy fats required for a great night’s sleep.

Janice Tovey 2023

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Janice Tovey

My passion is writing. I also love reading, teaching, animals, nature, music, and humor. I am curious about everything and enjoy writing about all things.