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Know More: Food That Lets You Get A Good Night’s Sleep! Zzzzzz....

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

With all the stress and hassles that life throws at us, it’s no surprise that insomnia and restless sleep are plaguing city folk. Some food items can help you get adequate sleep. Priyanka Singh draws up a list of the top five

Walnuts
Walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that helps make serotonin and melatonin, the ‘body clock’ hormone that sets your sleep-wake cycles.

Rice
Most of us have experienced how difficult it is to work after eating rice. This is because white rice has a high glycemic index, so eating it will significantly slash the time it takes for you to fall asleep. Jasmine rice in particular brings on shut-eye faster. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate a meal that included jasmine rice fell asleep faster than when they ate other types of rice.

Lettuce
A salad with dinner can speed up your bedtime, since lettuce contains lactucarium, which has sedative properties and affects the brain similarly to opium. You can also try this brew from the book Stealth Health: Simmer three to four large lettuce leaves in a cup of water for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, add two sprigs of mint, and sip just before you go to bed.

Chamomile Tea
A cup of chamomile tea will help you sleep. According to research, drinking this tea is associated with an increase of glycine, a chemical that relaxes nerves and muscles and acts like a mild sedative.

Almonds
Almonds are rich in magnesium, a mineral needed for quality sleep. A study published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine found that when the body’s magnesium levels are too low, it makes it harder to fall asleep.

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