5 Foods to Help You Sleep Better

No matter what your lifestyle or condition of your health, most people at one time or another experience a night when getting to sleep and staying asleep seems to be an impossible dream. There are ways of addressing this problem, though, and Today has suggested five foods that can help you reach your dream states. Those foods are pineapple, tart cherries, oatmeal, cashews and chamomile tea.

On the other hand, if you’re seeking sleep on a regular basis, you would be wise to give up sugary, caffeinated drinks, which are proven sources of sleep-deprivation, as studies show that people who slept five or fewer hours a night drank more sugar-sweetened caffeinated beverages than people who slept longer.

Aside from the fact that consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks has repeatedly been identified as a risk factor for metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, it’s also true that sleep deprivation makes you eat more, which puts you on a caffeinated-beverage/keep-eating cycle you don’t want to be on.

If you struggle with sugar and other carb cravings and find it difficult to stick with a healthy diet, improving your sleep hygiene and sleeping more could help you get on the right dietary, and weight loss, track. If you need some help in this area, check out my nutrition plan for a step-by-step guide to optimizing your eating habits.

Other helpful go-to-sleep strategies include turning off all electronics at least two hours before going to bed, sleeping in a totally dark room, lowering the temperature of your room and avoiding bedtime snacks, particularly grains and sugars.