Four Foods That Help You Sleep

food that helps you sleep

In a recent study, it was proven that more than 50 million Americans do not get enough sleep every night. This could mean everything from individuals who have trouble falling asleep to those that keep waking up in the middle of the night. Whatever the case may be, there is hope. There are plenty of foods that have been shown to help you sleep. Check out some of them below:

1. Fish

  • In your body, there is a hormone called melatonin, which is known to trigger sleep once it becomes dark at night.  Thankfully, fish is a rich source of vitamin B6, a nutrient needed to make melatonin. In particular, salmon, halibut and tuna are great fishes to eat for this very reason.

2. Jasmine Rice

  • Jasmine rice is another food to add to your diet if you want to get a good night’s sleep. That is because studies have shown that when individuals eat veggies and tomato sauce over jasmine rice, they fell asleep way quicker than they would after eating long-grain rice. Why is that? Well, jasmine rice has a high-glycemic-index, while long-grain rice has a lower-glycemic-index. High-GI foods have a greater amount of insulin in it, which increases the ratio of tryptophan to other amino acids found within the blood. Typtophan  actually induces sleep, so now after eating jasmine rice, you will be allowing more typtophan into the brain, causing you to sleep better.

3. Tart Cherry Juice

  • Similar to fish, tart cherry juice is also rich in melatonin, which as we mentioned is known to aid with sleep. In other words, when adults who suffered from chronic insomnia drank a cup of tart cherry juice at least twice a day, they had a much easier time falling asleep and staying asleep at night.

4. Yogurt

  • Dairy products like yogurt are a rich source of calcium, which is essential for your body to function properly. However, recently there have been a lot of studies conducted that show that those who are calcium-deficient may have difficulty sleeping. Basically, if you add yogurt to your daily diet, you much more likely to fall asleep at night.

 

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