A Diet to Help Insomnia
Want to check out of the Motel Insomnia ......
...and check in to the Hotel Good Sleep
5 Stages of Sleep
I expect that most people don’t know what they are eating or drinking or what they aren’t drinking or eating may be causing their insomnia, so apart from the common sense approach to diet which we all know about what else we can do. We need to ensure we have adequate supplies of calcium, magnesium and B-complex vitamins. We also need L-tryptophan as this helps our bodies produce serotonin and melatonin which we also need to help relax our brains and improve our sleep
We need to ensure that we have sufficient calcium in our diets as our nervous system needs an adequate supply of calcium to function effectively. A lack of calcium has been linked with increased tension and problems with sleeping and this is why drinking a glass of warm milk just before bedtime helps us get and stay asleep. So apart from milk and dairy products we can ensure an adequate supply of calcium by eating canned sardines or salmons (including the bones), any type of beans, greens, spinach and kale, almonds, dried fruit and figs.
Magnesium works with calcium to help our nervous systems work and we can get magnesium from fish, any type of beans, spinach, almonds, dried apricots, brown rice, buckwheat flour and bulgar wheat
The B-complex vitamins are also needed to have a properly functioning nervous system and these vitamins are present in lots of foods. This means that providing you are eating a good variety of other whole foods together with those recommended to provide an adequate supply of calcium, magnesium and L-tryptophan you will be getting adequate quantities of these vitamins. Vitamin B6 plays an important part in the synthesis of serotonin can be found in carrots, cheese, fish, lentils and peas.
L-tryptophan is an amino acid which helps produce two important substances which are important to ensure we have an adequate night’s sleep – serotonin and melatonin. Foods which are rich in L-tryptophan are turkey, chicken, milk and dairy products, almonds, bulgar wheat, fish, eggs and any types of beans and brown rice.
When you have been reading the types of food that are high in the elements needed I’m sure that you have noticed that many of the foods are high in two, three or even all four of the lists I’ve provided.
Melatonin is produced in our bodies by our pineal gland but foods containing reasonable levels of this substance are , oats, cherries, sweet corn and rice.
In the research I carried out for this article I failed to find any food which was mentioned as containing serotonin so ensuring that you get sufficient quantities of L-trytophan is a necessity.
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