Producers of factory processed food items know that not getting adequate sleep is terrible. So, in order to help you get better sleep instead of tossing and turning in bed all night, manufacturers have come up with something called NightFood Nutrition Bar. This is a complex engineered product that is targeted to suppress your hunger. It suppresses the feeling of wanting to eat something, even after you may have had dinner a while ago. The bar also claims to have a healthy mineral mix in order to enable you to sleep soundly.
The manufacturer says that the snack bar contains a very little amount of sugar since that is what keeps you awake at night. But it is surprising to find out that the substitute for sugar is dark rice syrup, which in itself has sugar. It is also needless to say that this revelation only leads to further revelations.
Upon inspection of the ingredient list, it states the use of “chunks” of soy protein, soy lecithin, and fractionated palm oil. That, in turn, would mean it isn’t ideal for consumption before bed, or at all, to be honest.
Nonetheless, even given the information that NightFood Bar might be just another product to make profits for the manufacturer, there are certainly other foods which will benefit your sleep.
This list is going to cover five foods which will help you sleep better at night:
1. Mozzarella cheese
The hormone responsible for making you feel good is serotonin, which in turn is induced by another amino acid called tryptophan. One meat that is fairly rich in this amino acid is turkey meat, which might help you realize why Thanksgiving days feel so good. But what should vegetarians do to induce serotonin production? Or even non-vegetarians when having turkey is not an option? The answer to that would be to eat mozzarella cheese since it is twice as rich in tryptophan than turkey is.
Recent studies have found that the consumption of fish that contains 600mg of fats is good for sleep. But it is important to mention that it isn’t just any type of fat, but omega – 3 unsaturated fats which help in achieving an additional 60 minutes of rest as well as uninterrupted sleep during the night.
It is ideal to consume wild salmon to benefit from the omega – 3 fats. But in case one does not eat fish, consuming a supplement rich in omega – 3 is going to give you the same benefits.
Even a handful of almonds can contribute to one-fifth of the necessary daily intake of magnesium, that in turn will help in calming the mind down and help muscles relax. As a result, these benefits will calm the brain down when you’re trying to get to sleep.
In addition to all that, almonds also contain tryptophan. So, you also go to sleep happier.
It might not be common knowledge but fruits contain melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone that regulates your sleep-wake cycles.
Consuming a bowl of oatmeal helps induce melatonin owing to fruits in it, which help with melatonin production in your body to help you regulate sleep better. Another significant factor is that cereal bowls are rich in carbs which will help in inducing sleep too.
The ever so popular banana is rich in magnesium and potassium, which are known for relaxing muscles. Bananas are also responsible for the production of tryptophan, just like mozzarella and almonds. Probably, one of the best things about bananas is that it will get your desire to each something sweet right before sleeping fulfilled.
So which foods will you be including in your diet more frequently now?