— Doesn’t exactly have to do with eating healthily, but there ARE foods that can help.

One thing that I have so much trouble with is falling asleep. It can take about an hour to even TWO hours before I actually fall sleep, and if I sleep too early, I end up waking up so many times in the middle of the night. So, I’ve read up on insomnia and cures for sleeplessness and here are some tips! What I find most helpful personally is drinking warm milk with honey, doing yoga about 1-2 hours before sleeping, staying off electronics an hour before going to sleep, and reading a nice book in bed.

Milk and Honey

1. Eat the right foods before bed. I’ve noticed that when I eat certain foods before bed, I am unable to go to sleep. Some foods, however, help me sleep at night. My personal favourite is drinking a warm concoction of milk and honey.

Foods to eat: high in tryptophan, melatonin, calcium, or magnesium

– Turkey

– Bananas

– Yogurt

– Milk

– Whole grain crackers

Foods to avoid: high in tyramine which increases release of a brain stimulant

– bacon

– cheese

– chocolate

– sugar

– sausage

– potatoes

– wine

coffee

2. Avoid caffeinated beverages after lunch

French Clock

3. Establish a set of habits and follow them consistently for a better sleeping cycle:

– Go to bed only when sleepy

– Set an alarm clock and get out of bed at the same time every morning

– Do not nap during the day

– Exercise regularly in the late afternoon or early evening

Neutral bath

4. Take a hot bath an hour or two before bedtime

5. Keep the bedroom comfortable, quiet, and dark

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