Have you ever considered that your sleepless nights may have a direct correlation with your diet? Well, it’s true! Certain foods have been proven to help with relaxing the body and encouraging better sleep patterns. We have compiled a list of foods that will give you the diet of your dreams.
The amount of sugar in a banana is the perfect amount to calm your orexin cells without keeping you wired and awake. Your muscles relax as they respond to the potassium and magnesium.
A study in Australia found that, while compared to parsley tea, the participants slept more soundly with passionfruit tea. They believe the nervous system is responding to the harman alkaloids.
Similar to Thanksgiving turkey, hummus actually has almost double the amount of L-tryptophan, the amino acid that makes you sleepy. Not a fan of hummus? Or even turkey? The article also suggests elk and sesame seeds.
Combining the aforementioned L-tryptophan with carbs will make it work better. Luckily, dates have both carbs and the amino acid. Not a fan? Try fruit or air-popped popcorn.
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is theneurotransmitter that calms your brain down. While foods aren’t “rich” in neurotransmitters, Chinese food naturally calms your brain because it’s high in glutamic acid which affects the GABA levels.
The European Journal of Nutrition found that one ounce of cherry juice twice a day can help people sleep an extra 25 minutes a night. Why? Like hummus, cherries are full of L-tryptophan which produces melatonin.
If you’re struggling to get a good night’s rest, look at your diet first to see if that may be the cause. Be sure to try eating these foods before bed! While we may not sleep experts, we are imaging experts. Give us a call with any diagnostic imaging questions 212-744-5538.