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7 foods that will help you sleep faster at night

Some people find it easy to fall asleep, while others have to count backwards from 100 to 1 in order to finally find a few hours of relief from the cousin of death. For others, on the other hand, medication is the only way to obtain any kind of sleep.

Research has gradually demonstrated that the food we eat before bed may help in falling and staying asleep. So why not use a natural remedy to be safe? Try consuming any of these foods a few hours before going to bed if you have trouble falling asleep, and then be prepared to sleep.

1. Honey

Raw honey contains a high amount of fructose and glucose. While glucose gives your body a small burst of energy in the form of blood sugar, fructose takes much longer to process. Together, these two chemicals sustain your glucose levels while you snooze.

That little bit of glucose lowers levels of orexin, a neurotransmitter that raises your level of alertness.

. Bananas

Bananas are an excellent source of magnesium and potassium, which help to relax overstressed muscles. They also contain tryptophan, which converts to serotonin and melatonin, the brain’s key calming hormones thereby making this fruit nature’s little sedative.

3. Nuts

Who else is nuts about nuts? Pistachios, Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews, etc have unsaturated fats that will not only boost your heart health but also improve your serotonin levels. Most of these nuts contain magnesium, a mineral that acts as a natural sedative. Even a small deficiency in magnesium can lead to trouble in the sleep department.

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4. Oats

This is rich in sleep-inducing melatonin, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It may be your go-to breakfast meal but if you need a good night’s rest, prepare a bowl and when mixed with milk and honey, it can make a very comforting bedtime snack.

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5. Poultry

Who knew that poultry would be a go-to recommendation for sleep? All poultry contains sleep-inducing tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that the brain uses to make serotonin and melatonin, hormones that calm and induce sleep.

6. Yogurt

Yogurt contains calcium, which is needed for processing sleep-inducing hormones tryptophan and melatonin. If topped with nuts and/or bananas, you are sure to get a good night’s rest!

7. Pizza

Honestly, any excuse to eat pizza is good! Though some people, especially the fit-fam crew, might disagree with this because pizza is known to contain high levels of fat.

However, even though pizza contains a high glycemic index, a slice just before bedtime has been known to help put one to sleep faster than normal.

The key is to not overeat! Research has shown that the large amounts of rice (high glycemic index) consumed in Japan are significantly associated with the good sleep that Japanese people have. High GI foods won’t get you in shape, but they might just let you enjoy some Japanese tranquillity.

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