What helps a good night's
sleep?


Eating plenty of dark chocolate could be the key to a
good night's sleep according to a recent study in today's Daily
Express.


dark chocolate


Challenging research that all chocolate is a sleep
no-no. The study by researchers at Edinburgh and Cambridge
Universities claims the delicious coco treat is no longer keeping
us awake at night.


Did you know? Dark Chocolate is rich in magnesium
which is an essential mineral that keeps body clocks running on
time. It helps keep immune systems healthy, prevents some cancers
and cuts the risk of heart attacks! 


Catching up on your sleep may be as easy as tweaking
your diet. While you are munching on the dark chocolate, we found 8
more sleep inducing foods to help you slip into a food coma.


1. Be nutty with Almonds...
Just a handful of Almonds and you will be dozing off in
no time. Almonds contain tryptophan and magnesium, which both help
to naturally reduce muscle and nerve function while also steadying
your heart rhythm. 


2. Swap sugar for Honey…
Honey contains glucose, which tells your brain to shut
off orexin - the chemical known to trigger alertness.


3. Put a Cherry on the top…
The best way to get a good night's sleep is to increase
you melatonin intake. Cherries along with nuts and oars are natural
sources of melatonin and can help to regulate your sleep cycle.


4. Go Bananas…
The magnesium and potassium in bananas serve as muscle
and nerve relaxants. The vitamin B6 found in the fruit also
converts tryptophan into serotonin, increasing relaxation even
more.


5. Time to go cold Turkey?…
The battle of the turkey is still being fought, some
sleep experts say it has no effect on sleep and the Christmas food
coma is caused by the amount of food you eat, not the bird itself.
However turkey does contain tryptophan which gets metabolised into
serotonin and melatonin - two of the main chemicals responsible for
making us snoozy!


6. Swap your builders brew for a cup of
herbal tea…
Tea have tons of sleep-promoting properties. Top ones to
lull you to sleep include chamomile, passionflower hops, and lemon
balm.


7. Snack on Hummus…
Hummus is another great source of tryptophan. If you find
you often
wake up in the middle of the night
hungry
, munch on hummus during the day to stop
it. 


8. A simple slice of whole grain bread…
Carbs are your best friend and your worst enemy. Simple
carbs like soda are great for a quick energy boost because they are
quickly digested. Carbs like whole grains tend to spike the blood
glucose levels, once the glucose level drops back down you will
have an energy crash. This is why carbs are great for working out
but make you sleepy if you have a huge lunch!


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