Have Trouble Sleeping? Try One Of These Foods

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It is not uncommon to experience trouble falling asleep or staying asleep a few nights each week. Many people have problems with sleep. Stress, poor diet, lack of exercise and anxiety can contribute to difficulty sleeping. Diet is a major factor to help you achieve a restful sleep. Some foods should be avoided in the late afternoon and evening, such as sugary foods and caffeine. Other foods can help you fall asleep and stay asleep longer. Add some sleep-enhancing foods to your daily diet to improve your sleep and wake feeling rested and energized. 
The value of whole grains cannot be over-emphasized. Whole grain foods, such as brown rice, wheat, quinoa and oats, are loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly. Whole grains also contain an amino acid called tryptophan. Tryptophan helps to increase the levels of seratonin in the brain, which produces a feeling of well-being and calm. Tryptophan also stimulates the brain to release melatonin, which is a sleep hormone. Including whole grains in your evening meal can help you fall asleep and stay asleep, because whole grains are digested slowly. Fruits also contain tryptophan. Bananas and mangoes are especial rich in tryptophan. Instead of cake or pie for dessert after dinner, have a delicious bowl of fruit salad or a banana. 
Caffeine-free herbal teas that contain mint, lavender and chamomile can help calm your mind and relax your body before bedtime. Herbal teas also calm your digestive system. Enjoy the flavor and calming effects of herbal tea in a relaxing, low-light environment, like your favorite chair. The smell and taste of the tea can have a calming effect on your mind and help you relax, so you can fall asleep faster.

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