Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cure Insomnia Naturally - 12 Foods To Help You Sleep... by Peter Kirwan

There are many foods containing the essential nutrient tryptophan, that can play a crucial role in helping you get that all important full night of relaxing sleep that is so important to human health and vitality.

Tryptophan - pronounced TRIP-TOE-FAN - is the raw biological material found in certain food products that builds important brain relaxing neurotransmitters like melatonin and serotonin. To cure insomnia naturally and permanently, eating these food types are a must as a part of a healthy sleep-inducing routine.

Check out this list of tryptophan containing foods for helping you to feel sleepy;

1. Eggs

2. Meats

3. Hazelnuts, Peanuts

4. Meats

5. Poultry

6. Seafood

7. Dairy Products

8. Beans

9. Hummus

10. Lentils

11. Soy products

12. Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds

A poor diet is a major contributor to the sad condition of Insomnia. What, how and when you eat is a part of the overall re-training of your brain that you have to carry out for being able to cure insomnia naturally and successfully.

There is a certain relationship between tryptophan containing proteins and carbohydrates, so for energy the best kind of meals to consume the first half of the day (breakfast, lunch) are those with a large protein portion and a small or zero carbohydrate content.

Sleep helping meals and snacks for the second half of the day are those containing a complex carbohydrate with a small portion of tryptophan filled protein (including some warm milk if you like - old fashioned, but very effective).

Of course you mustn't forget that all the other usual healthy dieting rules have to apply, like don't eat too large or too spicy a meal too close to your bedtime - the associated gas production and belly rumblings etc are likely to just keep you (and your bed partner) awake. A reasonable sized meal 3-4 hours before you retire to bed is the way to go.

In summary; stress, the lack of a healthy exercise routine, poor sleep hygiene/bedtime routines and the necessary re-training of your brain, your poor dietary habits, are some of the many collective causes of insomnia and all need to be treated very seriously.