By Damilola Faustino
Getting good sleep is incredibly important for your overall health. It may reduce the risk of developing certain chronic illnesses, keep your brain and digestion healthy and boost your immune system. It’s generally recommended to get between 7 and 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. But, if you are having trouble doing this, before you go totally medical, there are certain lifestyle changes you can make that can enhance your sleep, including changing or improving your diet to include some of the list below:
Sweet potatoes are great sources of potassium, magnesium, and calcium to help you relax. You can eat a baked sweet potato for whatever you eat right before going to bed.
Eating more fibre can also help you sleep better. Fibre prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin (a hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness). Some rich fibre foods include beans, nuts and vegetables.
Bananas are rich in potassium and are also a good source of Vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin. This can help your muscles relax and help you catch some sleep, especially at night.
If you do not really like bananas at night, then eating nuts is a perfect alternative for you. For example, almonds, cashews and peanuts are a good before-bed snack, thanks to their magnesium content. This said, ensure that you don’t eat too much.
If you’re an insomniac, you’re also probably familiar with the idea that drinking a warm glass of milk will solve the problem. Turns out, any milk product will do the trick.
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