Insomnia is becoming more of a common problem with stress playing a vital role in depriving sleep. The causes of being deprived of sleep are anxiety, depression, chronic pain, menopause, etc. Good sleep is crucial for physical and emotional well-being.
It enhances your quality of life and keeps you active. It releases growth hormone for the cell repair and rebuilding of tissues and organs. A sound sleep relaxes and rejuvenates you. When you are deprived of sleep, you are fatigued and irritated. Moreover good sleep is essential to give a lean body.
If you have no negative factor that is causing insomnia, then keep a track of your nutrition as it plays a crucial role in establishing good sleeping pattern. The ideal way is to maintain a diary this will help you to know the extent of your sleeping problem with different foods, thus helping you to eliminate foods which hamper sleep and inculcating those that can boost sleep.
When you are deprived of sleep, you resort to drugs which can cause havoc to your body with its side effects. The best way to combat insomnia is through sleep inducing foods, which contain tryptophan an amino acid; it gets converted to serotonin which in turn gets converted to melatonin both of which has a relaxing and sleep inducing effect.
Tryptophan is rich in high protein food, to reap its benefits combine your protein intake with complex carbohydrates. If you want to have a sound sleep indulge in chicken, turkey, lean meat, sea food, cheese, eggs, cauliflower, broccoli, soya beans, lentils/pulses ,banana and whole grains. These foods can give you deep slumber; it is within your hands reach and safe. These foods also boost your health.
Calcium helps in the synthesis of serotonin, thus a warm glass of milk is recommended for sound sleep before bed. Honey acts as mild sedative, can be added to warm milk. When your body produces serotonin it helps you sleep longer and more soundly.
To get a natural sedative through food have pasta, bread, noodles, rice, with a small amount of protein which can include chicken ,lean meat or pulses. On the other hand if you have high protein food with low carbohydrate then you may toss around in the bed to get sleep.
Develop healthy practice such as meditation to relax you, which is better than sleep.