Times of Oman
Oman health: Sleep inducing food
April 9, 2016 | 7:12 PM
by Times News Service
Sleeplessness can cause several health issues.
 
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Whether it’s owing to stress, our hectic lifestyle, or any other reasons, lack of good sleep wreaks havoc in our lives. Sleeplessness can cause several health issues and tweaking our diet towards sleep inducing foods is sure to make a difference.

Milk

Don’t rubbish it as an old wives tale. There is a truth in the fact that drinking a glass of warm milk before going to bed helps us to sleep better. The calcium in it helps to regulate melatonin, the hormone linked to sleep.

Almonds



Go nuts to regulate your sleep. These crunchy nuts contain magnesium and tryptophan which relaxes the muscles and helps to sleep. Either have it raw or have almond butter before going to bed. Either way its beneficial.

Chickpeas

Chickpeas are high in vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness. If you don’t like them in raw form, make hummus instead.

Bananas

You can call them a natural sleeping pill in a peel. Bananas contain tryptophan, B vitamin, magnesium and potassium that has been linked to sleep quality. It helps to relax muscles.

Pineapple

Most sleep issues result due to low levels of melatonin. Pineapple is a melatonin-boosting food. Eat few slices of pineapple before going to bed to sleep better.

Green Tea

Green tea contains theanine, an amino acid that helps to reduce stress and promote relaxation. So it can lull you to sleep.

Fish

Have you ever noticed that after having salmon or tuna for dinner, you get a better sleep than other days. That is because these are high in vitamin B6, which helps the pineal gland produce melatonin, essential for a good sleep.

Cherries

We all love to have cherries, especially as a dessert but do you know it can also help you have a hearty sleep? Being an excellent source of melatonin a study done recently found that those who drink cherry juice sleeps faster and also longer.

Walnuts

Like almonds walnuts too are a natural source of melatonin, and help us to sleep better. You can toast them in a dry skillet until they're golden brown for extra flavour.

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