Good eating tips to fight insomnia.
Good sleep is essential to good health. The goal is to get that good night’s sleep without sleeping pills. Diet may help.
Sergey Kalitenko MD’s suggestions:
- Have a glass of milk with honey before bedtime (but don’t have so much that you need to get up to use the bathroom). Milk may increase your serotonin level. Serotonin helps you get to sleep and stay asleep.
- Increase your consumption of fruits, especially tart cherries, which have a high natural melatonin content, which can be effective as a sleep aid.
- Also eat more vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, lettuce, basil, dill, brown rice, nuts and seeds.
- Eat cold-water fish.
- A bedtime snack may be helpful if low blood sugar at night is a problem.
- AVOID caffeine, chocolate, processed foods, spices and MSG.
- AVOID alcohol. Even though it has a sedative effect, it disrupts the sleep cycle, so your sleep is restless, not restorative.
If your insomnia is chronic, you should explore the underlying causes that can be addressed. It could be a hormone imbalance, menopause, heavy metal toxins, neurotransmitter imbalances, or an infection such as Lyme disease.
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