July 18, 2009

Interesting Solutions to Insomnia

TV show Food Investigators revealed some very interesting ways to fall asleep if you cannot sleep at night. I have never heard of it before and hence surprised!

You would have commonly heard of taking sleeping pills, counting sheep, drinking a glass of milk, etc. But really, one of the best solution is to have a (1) turkey sandwich with lettuce. You see, turkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid which releases seratonin into the brain. Seratonin is a neurotransmitter which relaxes you and induces sleep. Carbohydrates in the bread help this process along. Lettuce contains lactucarium which has a sedative effect.

In addition, you may have (2) milk and honey to accompany your turket sandwich. Milk contains tryptophan, glucose in honey reduces orexin, a neurotransmitter connected to alertness. If you are a tea lover, then (3) herbal tea would be another great sedative. Valerian root has been used as a medicinal herb as a remedy for insomnia and found in many herbal teas.

If all of that is too much trouble for you, the easiest would be to eat a (4) banana. Banana contains melatonin which regulates sleep cycles.

With these healthy, non-medicinal remedies, may you sleep as soundly as me!

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