Getting a good nights rest is important for your overall health as well as hitting your weight loss goals. There are many strategies you can use to promote good sleep, including eating the best foods for sleep before bed.
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I think we can all agree that when we head to bed we want to fall asleep, and STAY asleep! Insomnia is annoying, with a capital A.
Plus I know for me,it tends to lead to an increase in weight.( Which I’m sure has nothing to do with the fact that when I can’t catch my shut-eye I somehow find myself in front of the pantry with my fingers in the peanut butter jar……anyone else relate?)
So if you want to increase your overall health, and avoid midnight snack binges, try these;
5 best foods for sleep
Bring on the Carbs!! Complex Carbs, to be exact, like sweet potatoes. As well as great source of good for you carbs they also have potassium which is a muscle relaxant. Oatmeal, quinoa, barley, jasmine rice, are other great choices.
Cottage cheese is high in protein and has the amino acid tryptophan, which may increase serotonin levels. Serotonin is a brain chemical and low levels of it can contribute to insomnia. A perfect little nosh would be a bowl of cottage cheese with fresh fruit and nuts.
Add a little healthy fat to your last meal of the day with a handful of nuts. Almonds and Walnuts are your best choices since they both contain melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps to regulate your sleep/wake cycle, so eating foods with it may help you sleep more soundly.
Bananas are bedtime rock stars! They are carbs ( which we have established are great at night), they contain the natural muscle-relaxants magnesium and potassium, and they have melatonin. So try a slice of Date sweetened Banana bread or Banana chip roll at night for a knock out punch to help you fall asleep faster and wake up less often.
Other banana recipes to try: banana baked oatmeal square
One of my relaxing nighttime rituals is to enjoy a cup of tea. Chamomile, ginger, and peppermint are calming choices for bedtime.
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The best way for me to get enough sleep, or get anything done, is to set goals for myself. The easiest way for me to do this is with my Fitbit Ionic. All I do is go into my Fitbit app, click on sleep, set the desired amount I want to sleep (currently 8 hours), set a bedtime reminder on the Fitbit app that notifies my iPhone and my Ionic, and voilà. As long as I fall asleep around when I get notified I will achieve my goal.
Do you have a nighttime ritual to help you get to sleep?
Whats your favorite form of carbohydrate?