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Discover the Best Foods to Get Better Sleep

Sleep is essential for a person’s health and well-being, yet millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from lack of sleep.  Surveys conducted by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) in 1999-2004 reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more. Most of those with these problems go undiagnosed and untreated.
Sleep Problems can directly or indirectly affect physiological systems, such as brain and nervous system, cardiovascular system, metabolic functions and immune system.
In this article I would like to cover foods that contain certain components that will help you to get better sleep:

1. Foods containing tryptophan

You have probably heard many times that drinking a cup of warm milk at night will help you to get asleep. And indeed this traditional sleep remedy has many scientific studies that support it. The reason is that milk contains an essential amino acid called tryptophan which is a precursor. A precursor is a compound that participates in the chemical reaction that produces another compound, and in out case tryptophan helps to produce serotonin which is a neurotransmitter that improves sleep. Other foods that contain tryptophan and increase serotonin levels are poultry, seafood, dairy products, nuts and seeds, eggs and legums.

2. Foods containing zinc and magnesium

These minerals are important for healthy sleep. You can use magnesium or zinc supplement for sleep support, or you can get it through nutrition. Good sources of magnesium are: dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds (especially pumpkin seeds), fish, legumes, whole grains, avocado, bananas, plain non fat yogurt, dried fruits and dark chocolate. Good sources of zinc are: seafood, beef and lamb,  beans, nuts and seeds, wheat germ and dairy products. Combine these foods and eat them for dinner to get into sleepy mood.

3. Foods containing melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone made by a small gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as banana, corn, rice, tomatoes, almonds, seeds and oats. You can also buy it as a supplement. Cherries are one of the most concentrated sources of melatonin, so you can eat cherries in all forms: fresh, dried, frozen or as a juice.
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