The health benefits of a good night's rest are countless. Sleep keeps your brain sharp, your immune system strong, your waistline trim, your skin looking youthful, and it lowers your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Diet plays a key role in a person's sleep, and below are a few tips to help you get a better night's rest:
• Avoid heavy or spicy foods. Especially foods that may cause heartburn.
• Don't drink too much alcohol. Although alcohol may make you drowsy, over-consumption may cause a very restless night.
• Cut out caffeine. In addition to coffee, tea and soft drinks, look for hidden sources of caffeine such as chocolate, cough and cold medicine and other over-the-counter medicine.
• Avoid sweets. Although sugar can give a burst of energy, it's short-lived and can cause uneven blood sugar levels. This can disrupt sleep in the middle of the night as blood sugar levels fall.
• Eat magnesium-rich foods. Magnesium is a natural sedative. Deficiency of magnesium can result in difficulty sleeping, constipation, muscle tremors or cramps, anxiety, irritability, and pain. Foods rich in magnesium are legumes and seeds, dark leafy green vegetables, wheat bran, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses, brewer's yeast and whole grains.
• Eat cherries. Not only are they rich in vitamins, but cherries also contain melatonin, a substance also found in the human body that helps regulate sleep.
• Get Tested. Vitamin/mineral deficiencies, food sensitivities, and/or hormone imbalances may be related to problems falling asleep.
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