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Sunday, October 9, 2011
The foods we eat or don’t eat may determine whether or not we have a restful night.In my case, I’m always searching for foods that will keep my mind “at ease” at nights ( I’m thinking i may have insomnia). At nights,my mind tends to go on its own little journey,down winding roads,over steep hills and even over the rainbow:-).It is so hard for me to fall asleep. I’ve tried a bunch of aromatherapy stuff from bath and body works and i must say they really work. My mission is however to find foods that will make me fall asleep ( i seriously cannot fall asleep unless i’ve eaten). These are the things i’ve found so far.

1.Cherries ( dried or fresh) . According to my Biology book : Cherries are rich in melatonin , which is a substance also found in the human body to regulate sleep.


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Fresh cherries                                     Dried cherries


2.This is not really a food item per say … but I’m thinking it would be a great idea to stay away from heavy or spicy food. These types of food may cause heartburn and also remember that digestion takes 4 hours!!  This is sure to keep you up if your stomach is unsettled.


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(the alleged “bad sleep food” … yummy)




3.Toast - “bready” types of foods usually contain carbohydrates. Carbs trigger insulin production , which induces sleep.
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4.Bananas - Bananas contain potassium and magnesium which are muscle relaxants ( i really hope that’s a real word ). Most naturally , once our muscles are relaxed , our brain will also be relaxed.


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5.Oatmeal and warm milk- I’ve decided to do these two together simply because they go well together :-) I’ve always heard about warm milk as a “sleep food” but i’ve never heard about oatmeal until just last night. Just last night i decided to try these together and it was amazing. It gave me that calm, relaxed feeling. All i had to do was take a bath and as they say “the rest was history”. Before i knew it, it was the next day. Milk is high in calcium , which promotes sleep.





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6. Tea - I’m not much of a tea drinker ( i prefer coffee) . But i find that whenever i drink tea right before bed , it relaxes my mind. I really like mint or those fruity types of teas. I especially like chamomile. Chamomile has so many purposes from calming anxiety to treating skin problems such as eczema.
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I’m sure there are lots more “sleep foods” available out there. However , these are the ones i’ve found to work for me. Also , they are inexpensive and can be easily found in your very kitchen or your local grocery store:-)
#Thats all#
Smooches
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