Summertime fun and a longer daylight cycle makes it quite easy to lose much-needed sleep. There are options including blackout shades, consistent bedtimes and sleep inducing pills. However, we recommend that rather than turn to over-the-counter drugs, you might want to consider certain foods that have ingredients that make the "zzzz's" come a little easier:
- Cherries: Eat a cup of cherries as a snack before it’s time to sleep, or drink the juice. Watch your body relax.
- Fish: Tryptophan is a sleep inducing chemical contained in certain sea dwellers including shrimp, cod, tuna, and halibut.
- Lemon Balm: A member of the mint family is known for many generations to induce sleep, improve digestions and decrease agitation. Make a potion of lemon balm tea by steeping 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried herb in 1 cup of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Turkey dinner: Tryptophan is also found in turkey, although you would have to eat a lot to make it work...but maybe it is just a good comfort food to make you relax.
- Milk: it is a myth that warm milk can help you sleep...the real key is to combine carbs with a protein such as pairing a cup of whole grain cereal with milk before bedtime.
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