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Foods to Help You Sleep Better

By Stephen R. Farris

When it comes to the lack of sleep, we often associate it with the type of mattress we have, or stress from our job, school work and at home. It could be the time of day we exercise or eat our meals, and the types of drinks we consume that may lead to sleepless nights as well. 

On a stronger note, it could even be medically related due to sleep apnea or narcolepsy. The point is there are a number of ways and conditions that rob us of a good night's rest. 

Taking a closer look at our diets might provide a key or two that will help us in our quest for better rest. You may consider adding these foods in your diet. It's worth a shot, especially if it leads to that great night of sleep.

Green Fruit

Coined as the "perfect pre-bedtime" snack, green fruits such as kiwi, grapes and honeydew melon are all good choices, especially mixed together in a salad topped off with a little fresh mint. Yummy! In fact, kiwi alone is jam-packed with Vitamin C and E, and has serotonin and folate too. It's no wonder that consuming a couple of these before bedtime could send you into slumber rather quickly.

When the Fish Are Biting

Another good source to aid in your sleep quest is fish. Most types of fish -- for example, salmon, tuna and halibut -- contain Vitamin B6, which is needed to help your body produce melatonin. Melatonin is kick started when darkness falls, thus making us more sleepy. At least for some of us. Besides fish, another food source for Vitamin B6 is bananas!

Be Gone Caffeine

Replace all those late night caffeine filled drinks with a dose -- or glass -- of fresh tart cherry juice. Studies have shown that consuming at least two glasses per day have helped folks with chronic insomnia reduce the severity of their condition. 

Pay a visit to your local chiropractor. They not only help in the areas of pain relief in your back, joints and neck, as well as help management it, you can get information or suggestions about nutrition and exercise too. They probably have literature available for you to take home and read, regarding sleep.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aventura, Fla. 

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