Thursday, November 30, 2023

Eating can cure insomnia: Expert recommends the best foods and drinks to have – Times of India

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The health toll of poor sleep is too much. It exposes one to lifestyle disorders like diabetes, thyroid, hypertension, obesity and much more. We spoke to Azhar Ali Sayed, Holistic Health coach, Author of ‘Eat your cake, lose your weight’ to know if we can eat our way to sleep.
Azhar says, “One of the most crucial aspects of our daily life is sleep. Our bodies need time to rest, repair, and rebuild, which is why getting a good night’s sleep is so important for our health. Your immune system, motor abilities, and performance during physical activity can all be negatively impacted by sleep deprivation in addition to your mood. Although many people find it difficult to get enough sleep, it’s typically advised that you obtain between 7 and 9 hours per night. Making dietary adjustments is one way to encourage restful sleep as various foods and beverages have sleep-inducing qualities.”

Here are some superfoods that have sleep-promoting properties and may help cure insomnia.
Chamomile tea
Research suggests that consuming chamomile tea strengthens the immune system and lowers anxiety and despair, two of the main causes of sleep disturbances. The active antioxidant Apigenin found in chamomile tea induces muscle relaxation and sedation. It also has some anti- inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. This antioxidant attaches to the brain receptors that increase drowsiness and stop insomnia.

Bananas are rich in magnesium and contain tryptophan, both are proven to be beneficial for good sleep, hence adding these to your diet may help overcome insomnia.

Walnuts are rich sources of ALA and omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) which help in synthesis of Serotonin, which is a sleep-enhancing chemical.

Lean protein
Chicken, turkey, fish and eggs are examples of lean proteins. Tryptophan, an amino acid found in abundance in these foods has been shown to increase serotonin levels hence promoting sleep.

Consuming warm milk at Bedtime is a popular home remedy to induce sleep. This effect is mainly attributed to Tryptophan and Milk peptides called casein tryptic hydrolysate (CTH), that relieves stress and enhances sleep.

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