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Have Insomnia? Watch What You Eat!


Posted by Nirmala N.

If you're suffering from insomnia, the trick might be as simple as changing your diet. Apparently, half of all adults suffer from the inability to sleep at some point in their lives. Why, you ask? Well, for lots of reasons. For one, digesting a huge dinner can keep you from getting your beauty sleep, which means that it's more prudent to eat more during breakfast and lunch, and have a light dinner. Foods that promote sleep include healthy complex carbohydrates, like fruit, pasta, potatoes, oatmeal, and brown rice?which produce serotonin, a hormone that induces sleep. In addition, dairy-rich foods, which contain the sleep-promoting amino acid tryptophan, are great as dinner supplements and before-bedtime snacks. An example of a great anti-insomnia dinner (eaten at least three hours before bedtime) is a cup of spaghetti with turkey meatballs, a tossed salad with low-fat dressing, and plenty of water. For a snack, consider vanilla yogurt and a rice cake. And of course, stay away from caffeine, including coffee, tea, and soda. In addition, alcohol shouldn't be used to aid in sleep--it actually causes you to be restless and should, therefore, be avoided.
 
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