7 Fruits and Vegetables to help you sleep
Being a busy mumma of 4 boys can get pretty stressful at times. Between school runs, sports, training and even the occasional weekend getaways. Finding the time to get it all done can leave you feeling anxious, which can cause you to lose sleep. And nobody likes a grumpy mumma in the morning.
Getting a good nights sleep is very important, and when you don’t get enough sleep, your body won’t be able to function properly. You can’t think straight, it affects your motor skills and your energy levels will drop, and you will be more at risk for diseases and health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and cancer.
You need a full night’s sleep. You’ll feel better, function better and prevent disease by getting, at least, eight hours of sleep each night.
Most people turn to synthetic solutions like sleeping pills. The problem with that is the side effects. Side effects of sleeping pills are drowsiness, nightmares, hallucinations, headaches, aches, and pains. Misuse can even lead to coma or death.
Luckily, there are lots of ways to naturally calm your body before you hit the hay. If you put a couple drops of lavender essential oil on your pillowcase at night or stop looking at digital screens after 9 p.m., you’re already ahead of the game. But, did you know that eating your fruits and vegetables is also another way?
Certain fruits and vegetables contain melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin helps regulates your circadian rhythm, letting you know when it’s time to sleep. If you’ve ever felt so tired you could barely keep your eyes open, that was melatonin doing its job.
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These babies contain natural melatonin, In fact, a recent study found that tart cherry juice helped older folks suffering from chronic insomnia sleep better. Seniors who drank tart cherry juice fell asleep a few minutes faster and spent 17 fewer minutes awake during the middle of the night than those who drank cherry Kool-Aid. Additionally, follow up studies found drinking tart cherry juice, as well as eating whole tart cherries, boosted blood levels of melatonin.
Tomatoes:- Tomatoes are another great source of sleep-healthy B-Vitamins. They also contain potassium, which as mentioned above, acts as a muscle relaxant. Tomatoes are also filled with plenty of fibre, immune-boosting vitamin C, and a wide range of antioxidants.
Bananas:- Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both.
Passionfruit:- Passionfruit contains the natural sedative passiflorine. If you’ve ever heard of using passionflower tea as a sleep aid, the similar names are not a coincidence. Passionfruit grows on some species of passionflower vines.
Cucumbers:- Cucumbers provide small amounts of vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, manganese and vitamin A
Broccoli:- Broccoli is very high in fiber, very high in vitamin C and has potassium, B6 and vitamin A
Grapes:- Not only do grapes contain natural melatonin, It also contains powerful antioxidant.
Other fruits and vegetables that contain melatonin include rice, orange bell peppers, raspberries and goji berries.
Melatonin isn’t the only calming compound found in fruits and vegetables though. Some others include magnesium and potassium. These two essential minerals help your muscles relax. So when you’re low on either, it can be hard to sleep. Magnesium may also reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
What are your favorite fruits and vegetables that help you sleep well? Comment below!