Thursday, October 15, 2009

5 foods that help you sleep:

By Melanie Haiken,

Here are five foods that can actually help you drift off:

Fresh and dried cherries are one of the only natural food sources of melatonin, the chemical that controls the body's internal clock to regulate sleep.

Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both. They also contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-HTP in the brain. The 5-HTP in turn is converted to serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) and melatonin.

Carbohydrate-rich foods trigger insulin production, which induces sleep. Bring on sleepiness by speeding up the release of tryptophan and serotonin, two brain chemicals that relax you and send you to sleep.

Like toast, a bowl of oatmeal will trigger insulin production, raising blood sugar naturally and making you feel sleepy. Oats are also rich in melatonin, which many people take as a sleep aid.

Warm milk
Like bananas, milk contains the amino acid L-tryptophan, which turns to 5-HTP and releases relaxing serotonin. It's also high in calcium, which promotes sleep.

Have a good night…( yawn )


Apron of the Month Club said...

Good evening sweet Suzy. It was a nice visit. My son (Vinny 16yrs) says hello too and asked if you would pray for him because he misplaced his wallet today. He looked everywhere and prayed twice, but nothing yet.

You have may attention about foods to help you sleep. I love bananas and oatmeal, so that is a good excuse to have them for supper.

Well, so I sew or should I go to bed. It is 11:48pm my time. I guess bed sounds cozier. Take soon again!

Yoli :)

Beverly said...

OK..I knew most of them...I did not know about cherries! Thanks for the post.

Jarry said...

It does help sleepin yeeeah especially bananas!! XD