Food & Sleep

Foods that disturb sleep
 
SUGARY FOODS & SIMPLE CARBS
Candy, cookies & foods full of simple carbs and high fructose corn syrup produce energy. Simple carbs are digested quickly before being released into the bloodstream. This can disrupt sleep.
Eat these in moderation & earlier in the day.
 
Foods that promote sleep
 
Fruits: Cherries: Melatonin promotes sleep & helps with relaxation.
 
Bananas: High in magnesium & potassium (also complex carbohydrates that are great after a workout). These carbs release into the bloodstream slowly & do not spike blood sugar. Potassium & Magnesium relax the muscles and aid in blood flow.
 
Herbs that relax: Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Valerian Root:Make a relaxing tea with all of these to help you relax before bedtime.
 
Foods containing tryptophan: Milk, yogurt (dairy can cause irritation for some. If bought, buy organic), cashews, shrimp, cod, tuna, halibut (get your seafood wild caught if possible. Stay away from farm raised seafood) Tryptophan is an amino acid that promotes the production of serotonin. Think about Thanksgiving and how people knock out after eating. Turkey possesses tryptophan.

Foods high in complex carbs that digest slowly: Quinoa, oats, barley, and buckwheat.

Complex Carbs are slowly digested- They provide feelings of fullness while not giving you a burst of energy.
Eat foods that love you inside and out. Keep it natural. Keep it from mother’s garden.