SPRINGFIELD, Mo The Centers for Disease Control reports that, "insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression." So, on this Fit Friday, we're looking at ways to improve your sleep through food.
Here's what Pamela Hernandez of Thrive Personal Fitness told us:
What To Eat For A Better Night's Sleep
It feels like no one is getting enough sleep these days. There are many reasons why Americans are only averaging 6.8 hours a night but one thing that might help is the right evening snack.
Here are three foods to consider before bedtime for a better night's sleep.
Greek Yogurt or Cottage Cheese
Dairy products are a great source of casein protein, which is rich in the amino acid tryptophan. (The same thing in turkey we blame for our post Thanksgiving lunch nap.) Try having half a cup of cottage cheese or Greek yogurt in the evening to encourage a sleepy feeling when you're still feeling a little wired from the day.
Tart Cherry Juice
Not only is tart cherry juice good for inflammation, it is also a potential sleep aid. Studies show that compounds in tart cherry juice encourage production of melatonin, our body's sleep hormone. Drink two ounces of tart cherry juice concentrate in sparkling water for a much healthier nightcap.
If you need something crunchy to munch on while you downshift with a good book before bed try roasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are high in the sleep mineral magnesium. One half cup contains your total daily recommended allowance of magnesium. You can even sprinkle a few on your Greek yogurt for a supper filling bedtime snack.