Endless reading, typing and writing, deadlines catching up.. Yes, the semester is definitely coming to an end but not the amount of work and revising to be done. Being a student, pulling an all nighter has somehow become a requirement. However, this leads to lack of sleep and may trigger unhealthy habits. This also disturbs sleeping pattern and may develop into insomnia. As tempting an all nighter sounds, it is better to sleep in early and work during the day. Some people may find it difficult as there is constant thinking on the work and stress.
Eat these 12 food to help you fall asleep (and stay asleep):
High in potassium which can calm restless legs and prevent night time leg cramps. Also, it is high in magnesium which relaxes muscles and nerves, promote healthy circulation and digestion.
This Omega 3 fatty acid rich fish helps reduce stress hormones and promotes restfulness.
- Tart cherry juice
Insomnia already kicking in? Have a glass of tart cherry juice which contains Melatonin
Rich in potassium and calcium which are sleep inducing properties. Not a fan of kales? Swiss chards and spinaches will work too
- Sweet potatoes
Helps with falling asleep as a high content of potassium is found in this delicious carb
Potent with magnesium that can ease to better sleep and the protein content helps in maintaining a stable blood sugar while sleeping.
The high availability of vitamin B6 where the body uses to produce serotonin, a mood elevator and stress buster. Also, this vitamin helps synthesize melatonin (sleeping hormone)
Eating a high protein food like eggs help to stabilize blood sugar level while sleeping and eating with a source of carb allows tryptophan from the protein to be more readily available
Calcium are known to play a direct role in producing melatonin, a sleeping hormone. Lactose intolerant? Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist, found that soy milk is a better option to induce sleep.
Sorry, not those sugary frosted flakes or captain crunch. The carb from low sugar and whole grain cereals helps the production of tryptophan (an amino acid that promotes sleepiness) from protein (milk) becomes readily available to brain. Other good pairs of carb and protein – peanut butter on toast and cheese on crackers
- Herbal tea/decaffeinated green tea
Researchers have found that tea decreased time needed to fall asleep and elongates sleeping duration, minutes of deep sleep and total sleep quality. Teas like green tea has theanine, a property that may promote sleep and chamomile tea is known as natural relaxants
Packed with properties that help with falling and staying asleep which are calcium, magnesium and potassium