5 Natural Sleep Aids

A resourceful article provided by MSN Health has come to the rescue if you’re having trouble catching zzz’s.  The solution could be as close as your kitchen.  Sleep is crucial to your health and not getting enough of it can put you at a greater risk of heart disease and cancer.  If you’re having trouble falling or staying asleep-try natural forms of sleep remedies rather than turning to prescription sleep drugs.  Listed below are five natural sources of increasing your nightly shut eye.

1.  Cherries.  All cherries are high in melatonin, a compound that makes us sleepy.  If your not into the pit-filled cherries, go for the juice as a quick and tasty source of your cherry fill.

2.  Fish.  Certain fish and sea creatures contain sleep-inducing tryptophan including: shrimp, cod, tuna, and halibut.

3. Carbohydrate/Protein Combos.  Many of us have heard of the warm milk trick, being that milk contains tryptophan.  The key is to combine carbs with a protein containing tryptophan to help your body better utilize the sleep inducer.  Try pairing a cup of whole grain cereal with organic milk before bedtime.

4. Lemon Balm.  The lemon scented member of the mint family has been a sleep-inducer for ages.  It has also been known to better digestion and decrease agitation.  Try making lemon balm tea by steeping 1-2 teaspoons of the dried herb into 1 cup of hot water.

5. Other Herbs.  If you’re not into the lemon balm, try other herbs as natural sleeping aids.  Simply 4 tablesppons of sage, chamomile, valerian or other sleep-induced teas can be found at grocery stores either pre-bagged or by measuring your own.

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