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5 best healthy foods to help induce sleep

We are giving you the 5 best healthy foods to help induce sleep, so you don’t have to rely on supplements or sleeping pills anymore.

Sleep disorders have become an epidemic in the United States. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute reports that “an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans have chronic (ongoing) sleep disorders.”

Sleeping pills were linked to a significant increase in risk of death in a large-scale study published by BMJ.

Nature always comes through with solutions to health problems.

Let’s look at the 5 best healthy foods to help induce sleep.

Almond butter:
This is one of our favorite foods for supercharging sleep. Almond butter is great for stabilizing blood sugar, which can help you get a good nights rest. Plus, it’s delicious!

Tip: Two tablespoons of almond butter before bedtime stabilizes your blood sugar which can make you tired if it’s too low.

Bananas:
They are an excellent source of both potassium and magnesium, which are muscle relaxants. Bananas also contain tryptophan, which is eventually converted to melatonin—a sleep-promoting hormone.

Tip: Try eating a banana an hour before going to bed.

Cherries:
Cherry juice was shown in a study presented at the Experimental Biology 2014 meeting to increase sleep time in adults with insomnia.

Tip: Try a handful of cherries for dessert after dinner.

Cinnamon:
It is known as a potent spice for blood sugar regulation. If your blood sugar is too high at night, it may make it more difficult for sleep.

Tip: Try cooking with cinnamon more often and adding it to your sleepytime tea at night. It also goes great with bananas, which we mentioned above.

Kale: 
A lack of magnesium and calcium in the diet may contribute to insomnia. “A lack of the nutrients calcium and magnesium will cause you to wake up after a few hours and not be able to return to sleep,” writes James F. Balch, M.D., author of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing.” Kale is a great source of both calcium and magnesium.

Tip: Try adding kale to your dinner recipes. 

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