Vitamins and foods for sleep

Vitamins and foods for sleep

Looking for natural insomnia remedies? What better place to look than food itself? Here are several vitamins and foods that are amaaaaaaazingly beneficial for sleep. I always make sure to get enough “sleep vitamins” every day, especially tryptophan — it’s no wonder I sleep like a baby.

Magnesium is known to relax the muscles. You can improve your diet and increase your magnesium intake without a supplement. Foods with magnesium include almonds, brown rice, swiss chard, spinach and lima beans.

The amino acid tryptophan is found in certain foods. It is used by the brain to create the hormone we all love and know as serotonin.

Here’s the secret to feeding enough tryptophan to your brain so that you can sleep well at night:

Mix a carbohydrate-rich food together with a tryptophan-rich food.

Ingestion of a carbohydrate-rich meal will cause insulin to be released by your body, and many of the other amino acids will be redirected away from the brain. This results in little competition for tryptophan to penetrate the blood-brain barrier, and it effectively passes into the brain.

Foods rich in tryptophan include: salmon, cod, turkey, chicken, beef, rice, potatoes, whole grains, soy milk, sunflower and sesame seeds, and nuts such as hazelnuts and peanuts.

I hope that every person who reads this page will, hopefully, wean themselves off of all sleep medicines and unregulated supplements — and solve their insomnia naturally. And by setting a proper foundation for good sleep hygiene and cultivating healthy habits, you will do just that.