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Sleep Well with SuperFoods

Sleep Well with SuperFoods

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Westin Hotels, home of the Heavenly Beds, offers tips on how to use SuperFoods for a better night’s sleep.

SuperFoods, Serotonin and Superior Sleep

Complex carbohydrates can boost serotonin levels in your brain, which in turn trigger relaxation and induce sleepiness. If you have an evening snack, make it a small one.

Mom was Right About a Cup of Warm Milk Before Bed

Milk and dairy products contain tryptophan, a natural sleep enhancer. Try a cup of warm milk before bedtime.

woman sleeping

Eat a Banana Before Bed Time

Bananas are good bed-time snack choice. They are an excellent source of “good” carbs, potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and a little melatonin, which all help promote rest.

Melatonin

With stress, aging or changing time zones, our natural melatonin levels may not be in sync with our needs. Consuming melatonin from foods can help bring our natural sleep signals back to normal.

Stay Away From Simple Carbohydrates at Night

Whereas complex carbs promote sleep, simple carbs have the opposite effect. They can reduce your serotonin levels and keep you from getting a good night’s leep. So avoid cookies, cakes, pastries and even white pasta in the evening.

The Perfect Late Night Snack

And ideal snack to help sleep: A handful of walnuts with a banana and a glass of tart cherry juice.

Savor a Cup of Relaxation

A cup of warm herbal tea before bed can prepare the mind and body for sleep — and if it becomes a regular evening ritual, it may reduce your blood pressure. No wonder tea is one of the world’s most popular SuperFoods!

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