Almost 1 in 3 adults complain of lack of sleep, or poor quality of sleep. So many use over the counter pills to help them sleep better. But is that necessary, when all you need to do is change your diet a little.
When you don’t sleep enough, you know your body pays the price. The next day is groggy, lazy and unfocussed. You can barely get any work done and you waste more time than you utilize.
Lack of sleep can result in weaker memory and ruin your concentration levels. Not just that, it may result in weight gain and lack of enthusiasm to exercise and manage your health.
The grogginess even encourages cravings like fast food that are unhealthy and won’t do you any good.
Even when you do sleep on time, sometimes you end up tossing and turning in bed – not getting the full 8 hour sleep you were actually planning on getting.
Due to the lifestyle we live, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Most of the food and drink we consume have an adverse effect on our health. Coffee, alcohol or even too much sugar can ruin your sleep!
One of the best known diets to increase sleep is the Mediterranean cuisine. Research shows that such a diet is often met with increased sleep quality. This is because it is a ‘good source’ of melatonin – a hormone that tells the brain it’s time to switch off and sleep. Interestingly, the diet only appears to affect the quality of sleep and not the quantity.
But there are also certain foods that can improve your sleeping habits. Read on to know what kind of foods are to be consumed for those much needed Zzzzz’s.
- White Rice
- Warm Milk
- Sweet Potatoes
- Chamomile Tea