Home Remedies for Insomnia: Foods that promote sleep

by on July 19th, 2010 at 7:00 am

For some people, sleep is an ongoing struggle. Whether you have chronic sleep troubles or the occasional restless night, natural remedies you may already have right in your kitchen can help promote restful sleep.

Lettuce

You may be unaware that lettuce has a long-standing reputation for promoting healthy sleep due to its hyoscyarnin content. Lettuce should be an integral part of your evening diet if you are suffering from sleep disorders.

Complex carbs

Eating foods high in complex carbohydrates boosts serotonin production, which helps induce sleep, among other functions. Pasta, crackers, and bread are all good sources of complex carbs – just be sure to steer away from bleached flour and opt for whole grains.

Warm milk

A remedy you may be familiar with from your grandparents, warm milk continues to be a tried-and-true, super simple remedy for encouraging sleep. Milk contains tryptophan (also found in turkey), which promotes sleepiness.

The meal should also include legumes, peanuts, nutritional yeast, fish or poultry. These foods contain vitamin B3 (niacin). Niacin is involved in seratonin synthesis and promotes healthy sleep. Mixed with a little lemon juice for flavor, lettuce juice is an effective sleep-inducing drink highly preferable to the synthetic chemical agents in sleeping pills.

Sleep Tonicis a homeopathic remedy that reduces sleeplessness associated with insomnia, and increases drowsiness for better sleep.

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