Do you know that we all live in a society that is always in motion? Well, I know that I do not need to tell you that; in fact, we all feel it every moment of our life, as we try hard to cope with our hectic schedules. While rushing to fulfill our daily activities, we often tend to ignore sleep. As a mother of a two year old kid, I can very well understand how it feels to put your sleep at bay in order to ensure that everything is done.
But, you know friends; ignoring sleep to complete work is actually an absolutely wrong approach. Sleep plays a major role in regulating the manner in which we feel all through the day. The better the nutrition we have, the better we are able to sleep. Serotonin is an important hormone present in our body (thanks to my nutritionist friend Linda that I came to know about it), which, together with folic acid, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6 aids in healthy sleep. Always try to eat foods that make your body calm by boosting the level of serotonin and making you ready for proper sleep.
I have found out a few foods which can help you address your sleeping problems in a wonderful manner. Try them out and be a sleeping beauty!
Make brown rice, crackers, paste, cereals and whole grain breads a part of your diet. Try to stay away from simple carbohydrates like the normal breads and sweets such as pastries, cakes, cookies as well as other sugary foods. My nutritionist friend has told me that simple carbohydrates bring down the serotonin levels in the body and hinders the usual sleeping process.
By lean proteins I mean fish, turkey, chicken and cheese that have low fat content. These foods have ample amount of tryptophan, an amino acid that boosts serotonin levels. If you are into the habit of eating high fat cheese, deep fried fish or chicken wings, the bad news is that you must stop all of these in order to get yourself a good night’s sleep.
Heart healthy fats
Unsaturated fats have a major role to play in gifting you a sound heart health. Apart from this, they also increase the level of serotonin. Some great examples of such fats are peanut butter and nuts like pistachios, cashews, almonds and walnuts. If you are serious about your sleep, do not consume foods that have trans fats and saturated fats such as potato chips, French fries or other snacks with high level of fat, since these can reduce the level of serotonin.
There are some drinks which have the capability of preventing or promoting sleep. Warm milk is a soothing, wonderful beverage that you can have before going to bed. Herbal tea containing peppermint or chamomile is another great drink for inducing sleep.
If you are a person who is madly in love with caffeinated drinks, you must not have them after about two o’ clock in the afternoon, if you are facing sleeping problems.