7 Natural Sleeping Aids

Let’s all admit it... Insomnia is a nightmare.

Although there are several sleeping aids such as sleeping pills, you might want to stay out of the pills seeing a recent study discovered these medications could potentially lead to a higher risk of cancer. Since natural and organic foods are increasingly becoming a part of our lifestyle, why not incorporate some natural foods to help you sleep?

Honey

Ever feel like taking a nap after a heavy carb lunch?  That is because the intake of glucose/sugar lowers levels of orexin – a neurotransmitter that keeps you alert and focused. The benefits of honey are indeed helpful.

Whole Grains & Oats

Whole grain foods such as quinoa, barley, brown rice and whole grain breads can help with sleep deprivation by encouraging the production of insulin. Oatmeal is also a natural source of melatonin that controls the sleep cycle.

Bananas

Can bananas help promote sleep? The answer is YES, because bananas are rich in potassium and magnesium, which act as natural muscle relaxants.

Dairy & Yogurt

The active ingredient behind the theory of ‘drinking a glass of warm milk before bed helps you sleep better’ is tryptophan – an amino acid that helps boost sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Opt for yogurt if you don’t have milk!

Beans

Vitamin B complex is known for its ability to relieve stress and anxiety. Try adding beans in your meal for a good night’s sleep. Chickpeas are definitely a go-to option given the rich vitamin B6.

Nuts

Grab a handful of nuts (walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.) before bed instead of sleeping aids. These foods contain natural magnesium and tryptophan to help you naturally get to sleep.

Tea

When we are talking about tea, make sure it's non-caffeinated to do the job! Look for chamomile or lavender tea to help you easily relax and drift off to sleep before bedtime.