Dreamy Foods for a Better Night's Sleep

For 60 million Americans, getting a good night’s sleep is a daily struggle. Sleep influences more than just energy levels and mood, it has a direct impact on blood pressure, heart health, weight, digestive health and immune health. Since sleep is such an essential part of health and wellness, it is important to nourish your body with sleep friendly foods that will support a sound snooze every night.  

There are several nutrients that promote sleep and relaxation. Some of the most powerful nutrients include magnesium, tryptophan, potassium, melatonin, and L-theanine. These nutrients can be found naturally in a variety of foods. Here are some of the most common and delicious:

Magnesium: Dark and leafy greens (raw spinach), nuts and seeds (squash and pumpkin seeds), beans and lentils (soy beans) and dark chocolate

Tryptophan: Eggs, cheese (parmesan and cheddar), red meat (beef and lamb) and fish (halibut, salmon and trout)

Potassium: Baked potatoes, dried fruit (apricots, peaches and prunes), avocados and white mushrooms

Melatonin: Citrus fruits (pineapples and oranges), sweet corn, tomatoes, rice and oats

L-theanine: Green tea

These foods are just a sample of what provides a balanced and healthful amount of sleep promoting nutrients. While some of these nutrients may not be directly related to sleep on their own, they do promote physical and mental relaxation, which are vital components to a restful night’s sleep.

It is important to remember that before beginning a new diet or supplement routine, you should consult your physician. For a list of physicians affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center, visit http://physicians.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/


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