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Foods to cure insomnia

Foods to cure insomnia

The only thing worse that oversleeping on workdays is not getting a wink of sleep at night and having to depend on coffee for the whole of the next day. Insomnia is better left to freelancers and artists – for the regular Joe, these 10 foods can help you get your daily dose of sleep at night.

 

1. Whole Grains

Breads, oatmeal and cereal with whole grains are complex carbohydrates that help in increasing serotonin production. Serotonin is basically a neurotransmitter in our bodies which slows down nerve activity, calms the brain and lets your entire body relax. When you go to sleep after having these complex carbs, the darkness helps convert serotonin to melatonin which regulates sleep.


2. Red Meat

If you have not heard of the Restless Leg Syndrome, we will tell you about it some other day – but it is enough to know that a form of anemia leads to this and keeps you up at night. The solution is an iron-rich diet. And red meat is rich in iron. As long as you have lean red meat and have it for lunch rather than dinner – your sleeping pattern will improve. Have them at night, and the proteins will take away your sleep.

3. Turkey

Tryptophan – an amino acid that produces serotonin – is found in turkey, thus making it an ideal food for insomniacs. Although not stuff it like people do in Thanksgiving – you would probably want to stick to it for lunches again.

4. Chamomile Tea

Although there is not much scientific evidence that chamomile cures insomnia, you cannot deny that a hot cup of chamomile tea relaxes you. And relaxation is something that is so important for drifting off to sleep – something you cannot do on tense nerves. 

5. Honey

Another tryptophan-rich food is honey. You can probably add honey to a warm cup of tea or milk and have it before going to sleep. Besides, it is a very healthy food that you anyway need to incorporate in your diet.

6. Legumes

Legumes like soya bean and peas are rich in magnesium – which help in relaxing muscles and calming nerves. This helps to induce drowsiness and sleep in a person. So, a hearty dose of legumes is essential in the dinner diet for those prone to insomnia. 

7. Leafy Vegetables

Another magnesium rich food item is leafy vegetables like spinach, cabbage and coriander. Even though having leafy vegetables for dinner is usually frowned upon, make sure you incorporate them in your lunch menu. Remember, deficiency of magnesium can lead to constipation, anxiety and cramps. 

8. Milk

You have probably grown up being fed a glass of milk before bedtime. Milk and milk products are rich in calcium and help increase serotonin levels in the brain – thus making for a sound sleep at night. If you are lactose intolerant, you can go for soy milk or even tofu.

9. Bananas

Another nutrient that helps produce serotonin is Vitamin B6, which is found in huge amounts in bananas. Why not stir things up and have a glass of banana milk shake without the ice-cream? A sound remedy for sound sleep! 

10. Tuna

Another food item that has Vitamin B6 is tuna. So that is something you can have for your dinner – maybe a tuna casserole or even a light tuna salad. You can even go wild and have a tuna sandwich for a snack break instead of pasta or pizza without worrying about a sleepless night ahead. 

 

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