You’re dead tired after a full day’s work and you can’t wait to finally crash into bed. You run quickly through your every night customs; change into your pajamas, switch off the lights and Zilch! You’ve got nothing- You just can’t sleep. It is because you’ve shut everything off but yourself. One might then ask, What is it that you can eat to go to sleep faster?
Contrary to general perception, a glass of warm milk before bed doesn’t do the job!
Some foods contain nutrients that help us relax, while some interfere with the digestion process leading to sleep disorders. Contrary to popular public opinion, a glass of warm milk before bed won’t send you into a deep slumber, because of not so sleep-inducing properties of the milk. But, if the warm milk actually helps you relax and calm down, then it’s probably a good idea for you to have a warm glass of milk before you get to sleep. Another factor to consider is the time at which you have your dinner. If you eat right before sleep, then your body will be prepared for digestion, which can disrupt your sleep cycle.
Try these five sleep-inducing foods that may just help you down to sleep–:
Rice Medley salad with the roasted chickpeas–: Chickpeas mixed in a salad with rice is your perfect guide to a deep slumber. It is replete with Vitamin B6, a water-soluble vitamin that raises serotonin levels which help induce sleep.
Veggie Turkey Rollups–: Snack on these turkey roll-ups for lunch or make a light dinner, for the tryptophan present in it will do the rest. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that helps in the secretion of the serotonin. Grab slices of your favorite deli turkey with the right blend of sliced veggies for a refreshing meal with all the vital nutrients that can help you gain all the sources of vitamins.
Panzanella Tuscan-Style Tomato & Bread Salad–: This light and refreshing summer salad will soothe you right to sleep. The Whitebread holds the key. It breaks down into glucose (sugar) during digestion and causes a hike in blood glucose which can make you feel a solid energy crash.
Conclusion–: It’s all about what relaxes you. Although there are foods that can help us relax, it is advisable to eat a rather light meal a couple of hours before your bedtime, avoid stimulants such as caffeine, as it much interrupts our sleep patterns. In a recent survey in the U.S., about 50% of the respondents reported not getting enough sleep occasionally and nearly 10 percent complained of chronic insomnia. We can avoid such situations with the right blend of appropriate foods. Food is mother nature’s natural sleeping pill — just make sure you’re choosing the right things to nosh on.