Insomnia is one major health issues among Nigerians, especially the youths and middle aged people. The health issues that follow insomnia or sleep deprivation can be as serious as heart disease and depression. That is asides the fact that it causes low productivity in one as he/she goes through the day.
Some foods contain certain acids, enzymes that can help you sleep better. Hormones such as serotonin and melatonin (“body clock” hormone) also regulate sleep-wake cycles. Generally saying, certain foods that help you sleep better and some others would make wide-eyed.
Foods that help you sleep better.
- Fish. Most fish boast of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is needed to produce melatonin which is a sleep-inducing hormone. Examples of fish in this class are salmon and tuna.
- Walnuts are very rich in tryptophan which aids production of serotonin and melatonin (body-clock hormones). This in the end makes it easier to fall asleep.
- Bananas are rich in potassium and Vitamin B6. Both of which are also needed to make melatonin (the sleep inducing hormone).
- Rice, especially white rice. Rice is a staple food in most Nigerian homes. White rice has high glycemic index. This means eating it totally makes it easier for you to fall asleep. In general, easily digested carbohydrates make it easier for people to fall asleep. Rice is one such carbohydrate. Others like it are potatoes, pasta, cereal and white bread.
- Dairy (including milk, cheese) is one of the foods that help you sleep well. Dairy products contain calcium which helps the brain produce tryptophan. Calcium also helps regulate muscle movement such that the muscles can be quickly relaxed making it easy for you to sleep.
- Fruits such as tomatoes, pawpaw and watermelon contain lycopene, another sleep inducing nutrient.
- Lettuce. You can use this to prepare a salad to go with your dinner. Lettuce contains something known as lactucarium which have sedative properties. Hence, it is a good way to ensure you get to fall asleep faster.
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