There are many natural ways to help you fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Regular exercise, daily meditation, and hormone balancing therapies are among the top solutions, but what you eat can also play a role in achieving a good night’s sleep.

The physicians at Weight Success Centers often tout the specific benefits of a nutritious diet, one of which is better sleep. Whether you are having difficulty adjusting to the time change, or sleeplessness has been an ongoing issue for you, here are a few nutrient-rich tips for getting more sleep. 

Foods and Nutrients to Support Sleep

Food sources high in melatonin can be beneficial for sleep. Melatonin is a natural hormone that helps regulate your body’s sleep and wake cycles. Cherries are a fantastic source of melatonin, which makes them a good dietary addition for people with sleeplessness or insomnia. You may choose a serving of fresh cherries or cherry juice concentrate for nutritional benefits. Cherries also contain potassium, fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, plus vitamins A, B-6, and C.  The cherry on top is that they are also full of antioxidants providing healing effects and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Additionally, a small serving of almonds can also serve as a sleep aid. Almonds supply melatonin as well as a healthy dose of magnesium. Magnesium is a key mineral your body needs for sleep quality. 

If almonds are not your favorite nut, consider a few walnuts, which offer Tryptophan, a sleep-promoting amino acid that increases your body’s serotonin and helps naturally boost melatonin. In addition, turkey, salmon, eggs, cheese, and sesame seeds contain varying amounts of tryptophan.  

Consult with your doctor or contact the physicians at Weight Success Centers for individualized recommendations for meal planning and serving sizes. Generally, it is best to avoid large meals late in your day. It is better to enjoy small portions as a light snack one to two hours before bedtime.  

Things to Avoid Before Bedtime

Optimally, experts suggest you get seven to nine hours of sleep per night.  Without the right amount of sleep, you may experience mood swings, depression, reduced alertness, as well as physiological stresses on your bodily systems. For better sleep, limit stimulating caffeinated beverages after 2 p.m. and avoid alcohol in the evenings. Also, avoid excessive water consumption right before bed in order to limit middle-of-the-night bathroom visits.  

As with any diet plan or medical treatment – results and benefits will vary. If you are ready to boost your vitality and balance your health, contact the physicians and experts at Weight Success Centers in Florida for customized nutritional plans and medical solutions.

Do you get the right amount of sleep? Do certain foods help you sleep? Tell us your story on Weight Success Centers’ social media sites. If you are ready to begin your journey to wellness, contact Weight Success Centers for a consultation.

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