There are many sleep disorders but insomnia is
one of the worse. It is terrible to lay awake when you have to be up
early for work or school. There are many different causes for you not
falling asleep, too much caffeine, stress about tomorrow, frustration
over something you can't control. It is important not to drink
caffeine before you want to go to bed. After a few nights of not
sleeping you may need to look at your diet.
Always talk to your doctor about why your not sleeping. You can try
what research has shown that you can try eating a small amount of food
to help you sleep. Research and doctors have found that blood after
eating is sent to the stomach to help with digesting. When you draw
blood from the brain you get sleepy. A light snack just before bedtime
will tell your body its time to rest.
As many know turkey and chicken contain a high amount of amino acid
called tryptophan which research has shown effects the part of the
brain that tells us to nap or sleep. However tryptophan in pill form
has been banned doctors have said in food form it is ok to consume.
You don't want to stuff yourself with turkey before bed but you can
try a glass of low fat milk and a piece of cheese which will boost
your levels of tryptophan.
There is a natural sleep aid called melatonin which is found in foods.
There are several foods that contain melatonin oats, sweet corn, rice,
ginger, bananas and barley. You can try a small portion or eat a
banana if your having trouble falling asleep. There are other causes
of sleep disorders that doctors and research have found. Iron and
copper are very important to sleep so if you are not getting enough of
these minerals you need to try and get them into your diet. Doctors
have found that low levels of magnesium can cause insomnia. You can
get more by eating green leafy vegetables and you can take vitamin B
which has shown to help.
Foods that you should not consume at night are coffee and chocolate
which can send your brain into overdrive. Soft drinks are full of
sugar and caffeine and need to be avoided. It is hard to believe but
alcohol or a glass of wine can keep you from sleeping, you might want
to try a glass of warm milk.