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Foods for Deep Sleep

Sleep Problems

Sleep problems, ranging from trouble falling asleep, to full-blown insomnia is a problem for roughly 30% of the U.S. population. Ten percent of population has insomnia. Many people take prescription sleeping pills, however it still remains to be seen how effective there are and what the major side effects will be over time. One study done by the British Medical Journal has shown a 300% increase in death in people who took fewer than 18 sleeping pills a year.

Beyond foods, there are some nighttime rituals you can do to help yourself fall to sleep faster and sleep deeper. By going to bed at the same time (preferably between 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.),  shutting down all computers, cell phones and bright lights, and drinking calming herbal teas, like chamomile and linden, can be very helpful.

Now, here are some foods that can help you get to sleep faster and sleep like you did when you were a child:

1. Montmorency Tart Cherries - These cherries are perfect for those who have trouble falling asleep. These cherries have roughly 6 times the melatonin of regular cherries. Melatonin helps maintain your daily body rhythms, and is an important antioxidant in the body known to help fight cancer. Montmorency tart cherries are usually found in the freezer section or in a juice concentrate form.

2. Pumpkin Seed Powder - This food/powder is perfect for those who have trouble staying asleep. This powder contains high amounts of trptophan, which helps the body feel-good and relaxed, and high levels of zinc, which converts trptophan into serotonin, which is what is needed to sleep through the night. You can also get the same nutrients from eating pumpkin seeds.

3. Scottish Oatmeal - This type of oatmeal is great for people who deal with nervous exhaustion or sleeplessness. Scottish Oatmeal has avena, which is known in traditional herbal medicine as a calming plant that is nutritious for a frazzled nervous system. It also contains vitamin B6, a vitamin which is a co-factor that helps more serotonin get produced in the brain as well.  Don't think of oatmeal just for breakfast anymore, it is also a great bed-time snack!

4. Dandelion - Using the leaves of the dandelion is perfect for people with hormonal issues that cause sleep problems. The liver-cleansing properties of dandelion can help aid in sleep, as a healthy liver balances blood sugar levels. Swings in blood sugar levels and drops can be a major factor behind people's insomnia. Steam or blanch the dandelion first, then sauté with garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

If you are interested in reading the original article with more sleep friendly foods, please check out Dr. Oz's website.

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