Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without sleep?! Am sure your guess is as good as mine.
You are sure to have large bags under your eyes, a grumpy mood and both physical and mental lethargy would be the order of the day.
Sleep is one of nature’s gifts to mankind, it provides an avenue for the body to get a much needed rest and rejuvenate itself.
It helps to relieve the body and mind from stress and in the process regulate the body’s blood pressure, maintain its pH and blood sugar levels.
If you do not get enough sleep you are more than likely to have increased fatigue, high blood pressure, raised blood sugar levels and high body acidity.
You are also going to find it difficult to execute simple activities and to concentrate fully when carrying out your daily tasks.
When you have difficulty sleeping at night this condition is known as insomnia and it is believed that in the United States, one out of every ten adults is suffering from this condition, this was stated by the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine as it’s conclusion from a series of studies carried out.
So What Causes Insomnia?
Some major causes of insomnia include;
- Physical and mental stress.
- Dietary habits, if you consume a lot of processed and refined foods, caffeine, polyunsaturated fat and gluten. You are likely to find it difficult sleeping at night.
- Lifestyle choices, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol excessively and eating a heavy meal late into the night can affect your sleep.
How To Fight Insomnia
You can combat insomnia by eating a balanced diet and not eating processed and refined foods often.
Stop excessive drinking and smoking, also quit taken caffeine.
There are 5 superfoods that you can start eating today to curb your insomnia concerns and also improve your quality of sleep.
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Here are the 5 superfoods.
Once your stress can be curtailed your body will be relaxed and eventually you will be able to get some sleep. Almonds are rich in magnesium which will relieve you from stress and promote good sleep.
Oatmeal is known to treat insomnia and this is because it is rich in two major minerals that are known to promote sleep by relaxing the body’s muscles and these minerals include potassium and magnesium.
Bananas are not just a tasty fruit but they are rich in the two magically stress relieving minerals, magnesium and potassium. Banana also has tryptophan which is a neurotransmitter that helps to control and regulate your ability to sleep similar to melatonin and serotonin which are neurotransmitters released by the brain.
4. Valerian Root
This plant has very potent sedative and anxiolytic properties. It was very popular in ancient Greece and Rome and tea made from the plant was used to help people fall asleep. It is especially useful for women who have difficulty sleeping after experiencing menopause.
There have been several studies that have shown that cherries are effective in promoting sleep. In December 2012 the European Journal of Nutrition reported the findings of a study involving some subjects that were given cherry juice for a full week. According to the journal the people given the juice had their urine have high levels of melatonin and as a consequence their quality of sleep improved significantly.