Our lives are quite hectic these days; balancing our work schedule with our social schedule can be a difficult feat at best. As a result, we tend to ignore certain facets of our lives in order to make room for other things. For instance, we tend to skip healthy meals in favor of quicker, easily prepared foods to save time.
But one thing we should never skip out on is our sleep. It is an important element in order to ensure that both the body and the mind are working at their optimum levels.
Here are five foods that will help you sleep better at night, and the food is also quite good for you too!
Oatmeal has been a staple breakfast food for generations due to the fact that the warm meal is chalk-full of carbohydrates. If you eat oatmeal prior to going to bed, and not just for breakfast, the carbohydrates inside will release serotonin from your brain. Since serotonin is the pleasure hormone, you will feel less stress and a lot calmer than before, which should result in a peaceful, deep sleep. Plus, you don’t have to worry about a mid-sleep wake-up call due to a sugar crash, since the carbs in oatmeal are in high enough quantities to ensure a full-night’s sleep.
2. Cottage Cheese
Simply eating a cup of cottage cheese before hitting the hay can result in a blissful night of deep sleep. The reasons for this are two-fold: on one hand, cottage cheese is rich in amino acids that will help you stay asleep once you get there; and on the other hand, and more importantly, cottage cheese contains high levels of tryptophan, which will make you feel sleepy and ready for bed (tryptophan was made famous by turkey, as most people feel more tired after a big holiday meal as opposed to a regular meal).
3. Warm Milk
Ah, the classic cure for insomnia handed down from generation to generation. The faith in warm milk as a sleep inducer has been around for years, and for good reason: it works. Milk, like cottage cheese, contains high levels of the tryptophan amino acid, which helps induce sleepiness. But in addition to the amino acids, the warm liquid has been known to act as an effective soothing agent, perhaps because it reminds us of our childhood.
The little round fruits are a great food to eat prior to counting Zs. This is because grapes contain melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone you have in your brain. By eating grapes daily, you will create a successful sleeping schedule for your body which will result, in time, in deep, uninterrupted slumber, and get you to sleep faster.
5. Peanut Butter
Peanuts are a great tool to help you get to sleep if you have a tendency to toss and turn in bed for several hours. Peanut butter will help you get to sleep faster because it contains niacin, a chemical that helps induce the release of serotonin into your system.