Foods That Make You Go Sleepy


Getting some solid shut-eye is necessary for far more than just energy levels. Without proper rest you can’t efficiently regulate the hormones that keep your body in check, weight gain and a leaky gut will end up being your worst nightmare. A normal sleep schedule will set you up for quality sleep every night...adding healthy foods that crank in the zzzz'z , is just what the Dr. Ordered... In an age of overachieving, it’s about time we all aim to be successful snoozers.

The foods you eat have a significant impact on the quality of your sleep.... sleep-enhancing foods based on key nutrients, like calcium, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, and tryptophan—will all play key roles in serious shut-eye

1. Almonds

“Almonds are high in potassium and B vitamins, which help our nervous systems to relax,” Spread some almond butter on toast with banana slices (another sleep all-star)—no need to count sheep when your head hits the pillow.

2. Bananas

Bananas, like almonds, are packed with B complex vitamins and potassium, making them a great “insomnia-fighting ingredients.”

3. Brown rice

“Brown rice is awesome because it contains GABA, which is a natural Ambien. If you’ve never heard of GABA (you’re definitely not alone on that one), you may want to get familiar with the amino acid. GABA—aka gamma-amino butyric acid—calms the nervous system and works almost like a natural, super-mellow tranquilizer.

4. Cherries

Cherries allow the body to release melatonin, .....“the body clock hormone” because it promotes a cycle of falling asleep and waking up naturally. Cherries supply a good source of fiber and are rich in health-promoting antioxidants.

Cherries can fight Inflammation !!!.... Inflammation is widely considered one of the top threats to your health, increasing the likelihood of developing chronic disease. The fruit packs antioxidants like vitamins C and E as well as carotenoids and polyphenols, all of which help quash damaging free radicals and help neutralize inflammation in your body.

Cherry juice may help boost your next post - workout recovery !!

Cherries contain anti-inflammatory antioxidant compounds that research shows can help support muscle recovery after a hard workout. A study published in the European Journal of Sports Science in 2019 of 20 women found that cherry concentrate lead to less muscle soreness post-workout. The benefits are better than just being more comfortable—cherries may help you bounce back faster so you’re ready to crush your next spin class

5. Chickpeas

Your sleep cycle’s new best friend? B vitamins. “Chickpeas boast vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin, highlighting the legume’s deep sleep-inducing qualities. Munching on chickpeas throughout the day will help your body and your nervous system relax come bedtime, too.

6. Kale

Need some more convincing to pile your plate with kale? “Magnesium deficiency is a major cause of insomnia,”... adding that many Americans don’t get enough magnesium. Good thing this dark, leafy green is packed with minerals. Yet another reason to throw some kale in to your daily smoothie.

7. Oatmeal

Sure, it’s a breakfast staple—but oatmeal will help you get your snooze on, too. Oats aid the body in releasing sleep hormones (think melatonin, yet again). In fact, it's nicknamed the grain a natural Ambien.

8. Walnuts

“Walnuts are a great source of tryptophan, which is a sleep-enhancing amino acid,” In the brain, tryptophan is converted to serotonin, which induces sleep. Pop a few after dinner to get the body snooze-ready.

Credit: WellandGood.com

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