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How to Eat for Better Sleep

By Genevieve Cunningham

You almost certainly need more sleep. Almost everyone in our very modern and very busy world needs more sleep. We have so many distractions, good rest has become incredibly hard to obtain. And sometimes it seems like the more we try to find it, the more elusive it becomes. And while you've probably tried setting a bedtime and getting massage and taking long hot showers, have you tried changing your diet? Sometimes the secret to more sleep is in our food! If you need to get your sleep turned around, take a look at these foods to add to your life today.

Eat Bananas and Cherries

Both bananas and cherries contain a certain compound that gets turned into melatonin in the body. And what is melatonin? It's a hormone that triggers sleep! Try adding bananas or cherries to your after dinner snack or to your dessert. This gives the same effect as taking the melatonin supplement, but you'll be getting other nutrients with it. If your lack of sleep is relatively mild, you may be able to try this option over the course of a few days to see how it works for you.

Drink Warm Tea

Warm tea is calming to the stomach, to the mind, and to the nerves. And you can choose a kind of tea made specifically for sleep. It helps both calm you and tire you, eventually leading to sleep. Just make sure that you're not drinking tea with a stimulant such as caffeine or adding too much sugar. Having too much of either can create the opposite effect and keep you awake. 

Avoid Caffeine

Caffeine is great for the mornings. It wakes us up and gets us moving. But when we drink too much caffeine throughout the day or drink it too late in the day, we may be keeping ourselves awake. Try to cut off your caffeine intake any time after noon. This gives your body time to use the caffeine you've already given it, and helps you wind down long before your bedtime hour arrives.

Sleep can most definitely be affected by what we put into our mouths. If you want better sleep, you have to eat for it! Use these foods as a guide. Create a good diet, a good bedtime routine, and finally get the sleep you need to feel a little better every single day.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Collins, Colo.

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