10 Foods and Drinks That Help You Sleep

10 Foods and Drinks That Help You Sleep The world is a stressful place to be nowadays. Perhaps it’s the trappings of the current generation to romanticize the past, but we don’t think anyone can argue against modern life being more complicated today than 100 years ago. We have these Facebooks and Instagrams constantly alerting us to the cacophonic monotony of our existence. We sit in chairs for hours, squinting at screens like suns behind by clouds, clicking and “liking” ourselves into euphoria. And then we come home, bodies unworked, minds effervescent, unable to sleep for worry of our potentially dwindling Klout score. But as always, The Savory is here to help. This time, with an incredible alternative to scrolling ’til you sleep. It’s called eating and drinking, and you might be surprised at its strangely natural comfort. Here are some go-tos for your next late night: Walnuts, Almonds, and Pistachios Walnuts are rich in tryptophan, that heroin-like substance that’s famously found in Thanksgiving turkey. Tryptophan helps create serotonin and melatonin, both integral to our body clock. Almonds are rich in magnesium, a necessary mineral for that good, deep sleep. Pistachios are rich in Vitamin B6 which, like tryptophan, produces melatonin and serotonin. Lettuce Take a few large lettuce leaves and simmer them in a cup of water for 15 minutes, and then toss in some mint and munch it all down. It will send your sleepy brain into an opiated, comatose state. Turkey The infamous turkey, the big sullen poultry devil, is a well-known sleep inducer. Yes you always tend to eat too much of it, and a full belly can slow you to a heap. But it’s that wonderful tryptophan that creeps up behind you again and beats you over the head! Jasmine Rice White rice is said to be excellent for helping to cut your rope and let you drift off into Slumberland, but according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, those that ate jasmine rice fell asleep even faster. Caffeine-Free Herbal Tea So this is a bit of a no-brainer. Obviously you shouldn’t be glugging caffeine before bed, but a nice hot cup of chamomile tea will help dim your lights before bed. Honey Honey helps raise your insulin levels and allow that sweet tryptophan to flood into your brain a little easier. Drop a little honey into your chamomile tea before bed for a maximum wipe out. Elk According to the Reader’s Digest, elk meat is contains nearly twice as much tryptophan as the sainted turkey! So why not cook yourself up a big elk steak before climbing into bed tonight. Salmon and Tuna Both of these commonly consumed fish are high in Vitamin B6, and they will help the body create melatonin – the chemical brought about by darkness. It’s a scientific fact! Salmon brings darkness. Calcium All right, not a food as such, but people that are calcium-deficient are known to have more trouble falling asleep. Try yogurt, milk, cereal (with milk, obviously…), but perhaps stay away from the cheese as it is said to give you eccentric dreams. Or perhaps that’s your thing. Space Quiche That’s right folks! Cook down some indica into a lovely rich butter and fire yourself up a quiche! You’ll get a bit of dairy from the cheese, possibly throw some salmon into the mix to get your tryptophan up, and sink into oblivion! Source: The Savory


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