Sleeping may be one of the few things in this world that connects everyone together. Whether you're someone who loves to sleep, or is forced to get by on the bare minimum, sleep is extremely important. And in today's blog, we're going to explore a few foods and drinks that can help you fall asleep faster and get higher quality sleep!
First off, let's be clear: eating or drinking too much of anything never helps you sleep. However, there are some foods and drinks which encourage our bodies to rest and relax.
We are looking for foods and drinks that help produce serotonin and melatonin. These chemicals help the body get to sleep and regulate the sleep cycle once the body is asleep.
Many different types of teas have relaxation properties. Green tea contains theanine, which is an amino acid that promotes relaxation. Lemon tea contains terpenes, which are organic compounds that increase muscle loosening and stress-relief. Charmomile, ginger, and peppermint tea all have similar benefits on your sleep, as well!
Of course, be careful to avoid caffeine. But other than that one common stimulant, tea is great for encouraging our bodies to rest and relax. Add a cup of tea to any night routine to help you get the most out of your sleep.
P.S. Feel free to add some honey, too! Honey has also been shown to encourage the body's production / release of melatonin.
Walnuts and almonds contain melatonin directly, allowing your body to ingest an immediate boost in relaxation hormones. Pumpkin seeds are also chock full of tryptophan, a well-known chemical that encourages sleep.
Pretty much all kinds of seeds / nuts also serve as satisfying, heart-healthy snacks! Grab a few of these in the evenings to quiet your rumbling stomach, and still help you get to bed.
Lean protein dairy foods like cottage cheese and milk are also great sources of tryptophan. This is why warm milk has become one of the most common home remedies to help fall asleep quickly and stay asleep longer.
Many different kinds of fruits are considerable sources of melatonin. These include bananas, pineapple, berries, kiwi, cherries, and plums. Any of these fruits, among several others, can help you get to sleep.
Fruit is also high in antioxidants, and low in fat and carbs. Numerous fruits are often referred to as superfoods due to the vast number of benefits that they can provide for our bodies. One of these lesser known benefits is improved relaxation!
To be honest, eating plain white bread isn’t going to help you sleep, but whole grains, oats, and popcorn contain carbs. Carbs are essential for your brain to absorb tryptophan and other hormones that help to induce sleep.
Whole grains are always better for your body than processed grains - especially right before bed.
P.S. Enjoy your favorite grains with peanut butter or hummus as well...Both contain tryptophan!
Ever wonder why we all get tired after eating Thanksgiving dinner? Sure, a part of it is the meal itself, but a big part of is the turkey itself!
Turkey is extremely high in tryptophan. Combining turkey with other rest-inducing foods like cheese, grains, tea or nuts can be the perfect formula to encourage the body to relax and sleep.
Of course, we will always be huge advocates for the benefits of all-natural dietary supplements! And with the amount of Lifetones customers who have reached out to us asking for tips to help fall asleep and stay asleep, we came up with our own solution...
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