Updated: Apr 10, 2018
The answer to your insomnia could be in your cabinet. Nearly 60 million Americans deal with sleep disorders each year. It is no secret that lack of sleep can affect every area of your life.
What if I told you a simple addition to your daily diet could help you snooze? It may already be in your cabinet, kitchen cabinet that is, not medicine.
Oats- A wonderful support of our neurological system. Oats contain high levels of B vitamins and several minerals which assist with nerve function. Oats are also high in natural melatonin which assist the body in relaxation and it's natural sleep cycle. You can sneak oats into your smoothies, make muffins, make or buy oat milk or have plain ol' oatmeal.
Passionflower- Is known to ease stress and exhaustion. Passionflower contains alkaloid apigenin, which offers a sedative action to the body when ingested. It is also known to soothe the G.I. tract when digestion trouble is associated with anxiety disorders. Many people enjoy this plant via capsule or in tea form, just make sure it is not blended with other caffeinated leaves if drinking tea.
Magnesium and Calcium- Calcium is a potent sleep inducer and both these minerals are necessary for proper nerve function. During the most crucial sleep cycles(REM), researchers found calcium to be highest in the body. In almost all insomnia cases, a magnesium deficiency is present. Combining these two supplements is a one two punch for a dreamy snooze. Taking a powder supplement is typically recommended for fastest absorption.
Foods High in Magnesium
1. Spinach, cooked — 1 cup: 157 milligrams (39 percent DV)
Swiss chard, cooked — 1 cup: 150 milligrams (38 percent DV)
Dark Chocolate — 1 square: 95 milligrams (24 percent DV)
Pumpkin seeds, dried — 1/8 cup: 92 milligrams (23 percent DV)
Almonds — 1 ounce: 75 milligrams (19 percent DV)
Black beans — 1/2 cup: 60 milligrams (15 percent DV)
Avocado — 1 medium: 58 milligrams (15 percent DV)
Figs, dried — 1/2 cup: 50 miligrams (13 percent DV)
Yogurt or kefir — 1 cup: 46.5 milligrams (12 percent DV)
Banana — 1 medium: 32 milligrams B Complex Vitamins
Foods High in Calcium
1) Raw Milk 1 cup: 300 mg (30% DV)
2) Kale (cooked) 1 cup: 245 mg (24% DV)
3) Sardines (with bones) 2 ounces: 217 mg (21% DV)
4) Yogurt or Kefir 6 oz: 300 mg (30% DV)
5) Broccoli 1 ½ cup cooked: 93 mg (9% DV)
6) Watercress 1 cup: 41 mg (4% DV)
7) Cheese 1 oz: 224 mg (22% DV)
8) Bok Choy 1 cup:74 mg (7% DV)
9) Okra 1 cup: 82 mg (8% DV)