Foods that Help You Sleep

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Eat to Sleep

If you've ever struggled through a night, tossing and turning while you try to find sleep, then you can imagine how frustrating it is to deal with sleeplessness on a regular basis. Sleep is so vital to our health, but unfortunately, many of us don't get the amount of rest that our bodies need. With a host of over-the-counter clinical sleep aids on the market, there are many quick solutions for sleeplessness. Pharmaceutical aids can put you to sleep quickly, many decrease the amount of time you spend in REM sleep, keeping you from experiencing the full restorative qualities of a good night of rest. At US-Mattress, we encourage the use of non-clinical sleep aids whenever possible. Fortunately, there are a number of foods that you can eat that will help you fall asleep and stay asleep longer. Many common foods can aid you in your quest for sleep, and some of them may be in your refrigerator or pantry right now.

Sleep-Friendly Foods

  • Almonds - Almonds contain magnesium, which promotes both sleep and muscle relaxation. They also contain proteins that can help you maintain a stable blood sugar level, which can help you stay in a deep sleep.
  • Miso Soup - While you most likely eat this soup in a Japanese restaurant, you might want to start keeping some in your pantry at home. Miso contains amino acids that help to boost the production of melatonin, which is a natural hormone that helps us sleep.
  • Bananas - Bananas are high in magnesium and potassium, which help to relax overstressed muscles. They also contain tryptophan, which converts to serotonin and melatonin after it's digested.
  • Oatmeal - Oatmeal is probably something you eat at the start of your day, but it can be beneficial at the end of your day as well. Oatmeal is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, and potassium, all of which promote healthy sleep. Avoid excessive sweetening when you eat oatmeal at night, though, as too much sugar before bed can have an anti-calming effect. Instead of sugar, consider topping your oatmeal with bananas.
  • Hard Boiled Eggs - If you have trouble staying asleep at night, it may be the result of a bedtime snack that's too high in simple carbohydrates, as in candy and other sweet treats. Simple carbohydrates create blood sugar swings that can interrupt your sleep throughout the night. Protein-rich foods like eggs will help you maintain a steady blood sugar level, allowing you to sleep without interruption.
  • Fish - Many fish, especially salmon, tuna, and halibut, are rich in vitamin B6, which is instrumental in the creation of melatonin.
  • Yogurt - Dairy products like yogurt contain a healthy amount of calcium, and research indicates that calcium-deficient people have a harder time falling asleep.

Need More Help?

While these remedies aren't guaranteed to work for every restless sleeper, you may find some of these foods instrumental in helping you get the deep, restorative sleep that your body needs. Naturally, if your sleep problems persist, then you should contact your physician as your insomnia could be a sign of a more serious illness. Also, remember that your mattress plays a large role in your overall quality of sleep. If your mattress is worn out, it may contribute to your sleeplessness. If you believe that your mattress is the reason for your sleeplessness, then you can call 1-800-455-1052 to speak with one of our friendly mattress experts who can help you find the best options for your sleep needs.

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