Did ever happened to you to feel sleepy though you just woke up and it wasn’t even dinner time? Learn that you might have eaten one of the foods that inevitably induce sleep. Here are 10 of these natural “sleeping pills”!
1. Honey – contain glucose, which lowers levels of orexin, a substance known to trigger alertness. So, honey quickly turns into a sleeping pill. But be careful, do not overdo it! A teaspoon of honey is enough to ensure your good sleep.
2. Cherries – the best way to get a good sleep is to increase the level of melatonin in your body. Cherries, along with nuts and oats are a natural source of melatonin and, when consumed regularly, can help regulate the sleep cycle.
3. Humus – I must admit I am a little disappointed. Humus is one of my favorite foods, and now I find out that it is not safe to eat it at work because it contains tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid for relaxation. So if you need a good sleep, eat some hummus – tasty and effective!
4.Bananas – magnesium and potassium content of bananas serves as a natural relaxant for muscles and brain. Also, vitamin B6 in this fruit converts tryptophan into serotonin, further raising the level of relaxation and thus inducing sleep.
5. Soy – Tofu cheese is obtained from soy, soy milk and soy sauce and soy beans can be used in the preparation of meatballs, it is a rich source of protein for vegetarians or vegans. Soybeans, however, should be avoided before bedtime because, as orexin content, can cause you sleepless nights.
6. Pasta – like sweets, pasta increase the amount of glucose in the blood, which causes an explosion of energy and a swift loss. So if you’re planning a party or a sleepless night, try to eat pasta for lunch and not at dinner.
7. Pretzels – have a high glycemic index thus once consumed, will increase blood sugar levels and falling asleep time will be shortened.
8. Cereals with milk – according to the National Sleep Foundation, carbohydrates and calcium in one serving of cereal with milk consumed before bed will help you to have a good and restful sleep.
9. The fish – most types of fish, especially salmon and tuna contain high amounts of vitamin B6, which is needed in the body to stimulate the production of melatonin, the hormone known as sleep-inducing.
10. The grapes – known as the only fruit that contains melatonin, adding grapes to your daily diet can help regulate the sleep cycle, better rest and therefore a healthier lifestyle!