If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep, or you have a hard time falling asleep even though you are exhausted, you’re not alone. And your struggle to get some shuteye might have nothing to do with how tired you are and everything to do with what you’re eating. What you put into your body can significantly impact how your body responds when you hit the pillow, and if you want a truly restful night of sleep, you need to know the foods to help you sleep.
According to the CDC, “more than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.” And there are dangers to not sleeping enough. A lack of healthy sleep has been linked to heart disease, mood disorders, anxiety, increased stress, obesity and it can decrease cognitive function, just to name a few risks.
Now, if you’re a part of this statistic and you’re not sleeping enough, or not sleeping well, then the solution might be in your kitchen, not your medicine cabinet. The concept that there are foods for insomnia is not exactly a new notion. When you were younger did your mother every give you warm milk to help you drift off to sleep? Did you ever tell your own kids they can’t have sugar or caffeine before bedtime? Exactly. Foods and sleep have been closely connected, and we’re here to tell you the best sleep inducing foods hiding in your pantry. (Note: warm milk is not necessarily the best way to cure insomnia, but we’ll get to that.)
The foods you typically avoid during the day because they make you feel sluggish and lethargic are actually the best foods to turn to at night, to help your body wind down and relax. And the foods that energize you in the morning should be avoided as you prepare your body to rest.
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