Thursday, January 1, 2015

Foods that Help you Sleep

At some point in time most of us have those times when we just can't seem to sleep at night.  I know I do and am always looking for a safe way to let me get those much needed hours of rest.  Below is what I found on one of my favorite sites -  I've listed the items, how much you should eat and when.  Go to the site link to learn why these foods work.

Nearly 60 million Americans wake up tired and irritable every morning due to lack of sleep.  Aside from feeling cranky and lethargic, not getting enough sleep can cause serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease, depression, cognitive impairment, diabetes, and even weight gain. 

The good news is that small changes in your lifestyle and diet can have a tremendous effect on the quality of sleep you get each night.  So, has rounded up some of the top foods that can help you catch those Zzzz's.  Just remember, if you experience chronic sleepless nights that impair your mood or ability to function in any way, you should make an appointment to see your primary care physician.

Oatmeal with Milk and Honey - Eat 1/2 cup of cooked oatmeal, 1 cup of milk and 1 tsp. of honey 90 minutes before bedtime.

Banana and Almonds - 1/2 medium banana and 23 almonds (approx. 1 ounce) 90 minutes before bedtime.

Tart Cherry Juice - 8 oz. each - 1 glass in the morning and 1 glass 2 hours before bed.

Rice and Beans - 1/2 cup cooked rice and 1/2 cup cooked beans with dinner or at least 4 hours before bedtime.

Cheese and Crackers - enjoy 2/3 ounce cheese and 2 - 3 small crackers at least 30 minutes before bedtime

Sweet Potatoes with Dark, Leafy Greens - 1 medium sweet potato and 1/2 cup cooked greens at least 90 minutes before bed.

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