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What foods to eat for dinner to help you sleep?

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Created February 20, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Well i've got a very rigid sleeping clock ( no matter what time i fall asleep I always wake up around 7), it takes me about 30min-1 hour sometimes more to fall alseep, and i've got constant dark circles. Anyway. Is there anything I can do ( i've heard eating a carby dinner) that can help me sleep better?

Thankyou!

Bd142c32b4055224d3191461f1f57520

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on February 21, 2012
at 06:18 AM

Mag has me out drooling about 25 minutes after ingestion and it helps me more than what I ate.

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on February 20, 2012
at 08:39 PM

+1 - TV, computer, and phone off about 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Read, journal, meditate, listen to relaxing music... Honestly, I struggle with those things a lot (computer and phone particularly), but I notice a big difference when I just MAKE myself do it. Also, some Natural Calm at wind-down time is tremendously helpful.

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Same here, but have F.Lux installed on the notebook (which isn't in the bedroom), plus I changed the light in the bedroom lamp to an orange one, so reading anything with that light puts me to sleep within half an hour.

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on February 20, 2012
at 06:09 AM

+1 I agree on the screen time as well...

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Thanks Frugal Jen!!!

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at 01:22 AM

"Stole" my answer, and gave a more complete list than I would have. +5 if I could!

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on February 20, 2012
at 12:21 AM

For me, it's not necessarily about what I eat before I sleep but what I do before I sleep. If I attempt to go to sleep immediately after I've been on my laptop, my brain feels like it's still a-buzzin' and my mind will still be running. Reading helps me tremendously in getting me all relaxed and sleepy and I usually start falling asleep while I'm still reading. I also take some Magnesium about an hour before I go to sleep (I use Natural Calm). My room has to be completely dark (I have black out curtains); if there's still that glow from my laptop, I'll be tossin' and turnin' and waking up in the middle of the night.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Same here, but have F.Lux installed on the notebook (which isn't in the bedroom), plus I changed the light in the bedroom lamp to an orange one, so reading anything with that light puts me to sleep within half an hour.

Bd142c32b4055224d3191461f1f57520

(1098)

on February 21, 2012
at 06:18 AM

Mag has me out drooling about 25 minutes after ingestion and it helps me more than what I ate.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on February 20, 2012
at 06:09 AM

+1 I agree on the screen time as well...

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on February 20, 2012
at 12:19 AM

Foods high in tryptophan such as milk, cottage cheese, tuna, turkey, lamb, halibut, shrimp and salmon.

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on February 20, 2012
at 01:22 AM

"Stole" my answer, and gave a more complete list than I would have. +5 if I could!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on February 20, 2012
at 06:08 AM

Thanks Frugal Jen!!!

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on February 20, 2012
at 02:44 PM

I agree with April, it's not just what you eat it's what you're doing beforehand. Over stimulating activity is not going to help you. You need to wind down with the sun. Keep your house on the dimly lit side as the sun goes down, so that your body makes melatonin. Also, try a mug of warm grass-fed beef bone broth before bed. I have clients who do this and have had great success with it. Also,

  • Keep your room pitch black.
  • TV turned off
  • 60 - 65 degree temp in the room
  • Try some white noise if need be.

I hope this helps.

Af939911afa817f79a4625d4f503c735

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on February 20, 2012
at 08:39 PM

+1 - TV, computer, and phone off about 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Read, journal, meditate, listen to relaxing music... Honestly, I struggle with those things a lot (computer and phone particularly), but I notice a big difference when I just MAKE myself do it. Also, some Natural Calm at wind-down time is tremendously helpful.

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on February 21, 2012
at 06:16 AM

Foods to avoid before attempting to sleep

  1. Caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that can keep you awake. You should avoid caffeinated drinks and foods ??? coffee, tea, chocolate, and soft drinks - eight hours before your planned bedtime. Drinking caffeine late in the day can make you restless and keep you from falling asleep at night.

  2. Alcohol. Although many people use alcohol to help them relax before bed, excessive consumption of alcohol can make you wake up at night. Drink moderately, if at all; avoid drinking within a few hours of bedtime

  3. Heavy foods or spicy foods or any foods you know that may cause heartburn, making it difficult for you to sleep at night.

  4. Some foods that are rich in tyramine can also affect sleep.Tyramine actually causes the release of a substance that stimulates the brain keeping you awake. This is found in bacon, sugar, ham or tomatoes.

  5. Smoking. Smoking causes sleep troubles in numerous ways. Nicotine is a stimulant, which disrupts sleep. Additionally, smokers actually experience nicotine withdrawal as the night progresses, making it hard to sleep.

  6. Too much food intake. This is considered as the major culprit why many people especially those who don't have sleeping problems before are getting a hard time sleeping all of a sudden. Professionals say that if a individual have overeaten, the tendency is that the abdomen will have a hard time digesting it. Too much food might also have an effect on the how the digestive system perform and might even lead to clinical conditions such as ulcer if done frequently.

  7. Don't drink any fluids within 2 hours of going to bed. This will make you to wake up repeatedly during the night for trips to the toilet.

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:10 PM

I find that a little bit of fat right before bed helps me to fall asleep faster, and stay asleep better. OTOH, too many carbohydrates right before bed seem to contribute to more restless sleep and middle-of-the-night heartburn, at least for me.

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