Lack of sleep can ruin a lot of things: our mood, our patience, our focus and our sense of enjoyment in life. We've all had those sleepless nights. But taking sleeping pills is usually a problematic strategy, because they don't give you the same natural sleep that revitalizes you, and they can become quite addictive too. Better to eat something that will help you fall into a relaxing, renewing, deep sleep.
Here are five recommended foods to put you to sleep:
The halibut fish comes with two great sleeping aids: tryptophan and vitamin B6. It has a meaty, gentle texture and is recommended for sea food lovers. Other foods rich in tryptophan: chicken, beef, soy, yogurt, bananas, peanuts and eggs.
Mangos are packed with antioxidants, proteins, and vitamins. Being naturally sweet they can also help banish your sugar cravings. To make a mango shake cut up a fresh mango and put it in the blender. Add a scoop-full of ice, a small scoop of low-fat Greek yogurt and just a splash of milk or water. To make it a little sweeter, you can add a bit of honey. And if you don't like mangoes, the same can be done with strawberries and watermelons.
4. Dried Cherries
5. Low-Fat Popcorn
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