Get Your Zzz’s

Are you having a hard time sleeping? Thankfully there are foods that can help you with insomnia.  These foods contain vitamins and minerals that aid in promoting sleep.

1.  Walnuts

They are great to snack on before going to bed. They cause the human brain to secrete melatonin, a chemical that helps to regulate the body and assist with sleep.

 2.  Almonds

Besides having lots of protein, they also have tryptophan.  Tryptophan is an amino acid, the same one found in Turkey that acts as a sleep enhancer. They are also rich in magnesium which helps to relax the muscles and encourage a good night’s sleep.

 3.  Cheese

Cheese also has tryptophan which helps to regulate mood and enhance sleep.  However, because it’s high in fat and calories, it’s important to eat cheese in moderation. A small amount can go a long way.

4.  Lettuce

Lettuce is a great snack, especially if trying to maintain weight.  It also contains lactucarium, a substance with sedative powers and particularly great to battle insomnia.

5.  Tuna

Tuna contains vitamin B6 which is critical in the production of melatonin.  Combining tuna with almonds before bed is a great way to help relax the body and have a better night’s sleep.

6.  Cherry Juice

Who knew that cherries are so good for you?  They have melatonin and tryptophan which help promote sleep.  To get the right amount of melatonin and tryptophan, it is best to drink 2 cups of tart cherry juice.

7.  Chamomile Tea

It has been used in traditional medicine in helping with insomnia.  Chamomile tea has properties that make it a mild tranquilizer and sleep inducer.  It also helps with inflammation and muscle cramps.

8.  Elk Meat

Many of us know that turkey meat contains the amino acid tryptophan, but interestingly enough elk meat contains twice the tryptophan found in turkey breast.

Try combining any of these foods before bed to help with insomnia and hopefully you can have a more productive day.

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