There are nights when I cannot get myself to sleep. Try as I might, at 2 or 3am I find myself wide awake, tossing and turning, unable to get any shuteye. While everyone experiences occasional restless nights, if you regularly find it hard to get back to sleep within 15 to 20 minutes, or if you wake up more than two to three times per night, your lack of sleep can disrupt your daily life, so it is worth addressing. While there are a number of natural remedies and herbs to help put you to sleep, here's another remedy you can try - in fact, I highly recommend it:
Banana Tea for Deep Sleep
This organic, banana-infused sleep remedy works wonders and it tastes great too. But, how does it work? Bananas, the peels in particular, are loaded with potassium and magnesium - two vital nutrients that will help you sleep better. While magnesium will help prevent sleep disturbances, both nutrients work together to help relax the muscles.
Note: It is also important to use organic bananas, because they are free of harmful pesticides. As this recipe requires you to heat the boiled peel, non-organic bananas should be avoided.
Here's how: Prepare in under 10 minutes and enjoy every night before bed:
1. Cut both ends off the banana, then place it, peel and all, into boiling water. Let the banana cook for around 10 minutes.
2. Use a colander to pour the banana water into a mug. If you like, you may sprinkle some cinnamon at this point. Drink the tea one hour before bed time.
3. The left over banana is pretty tasty too. Serve it on a plate and dig in - skin included. The texture is soft, gooey and very enjoyable.
How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Body
When your body doesn't get enough sleep it suffers. A lack of sleep affects your mood and your short term memory. Processing simple things can become challenging and it also affects your emotional response. A lack of sleep has also been linked to serious health conditions. The Ted-Ed video below explains what would happen to your body if you didn't sleep:
Why Sleeping Pills are Not a Safe Alternative
Almost half of Americans suffer from insomnia or inadequate sleep. Yet, while it may be tempting to resort to sleeping pills, they cannot address the root of the problem. Rather, sleeping pills provide a short term fix. Furthermore, those frequently prescribed Benzodiazepines, like Xanax and Valium, which are used to treat anxiety disorders by increasing drowsiness can, unfortunately, be worryingly addictive too. In addition, Barbiturates suppress the central nervous system and act very much like anaesthetics and sedatives.
As with all drugs, there's a list of side effects that accompany sleeping pills. Besides being addictive, they can cause constipation, dizziness, a tendency to lose focus and memory, stomach pain, weakness, uncontrollable shaking and parasombias (doing things without realizing).