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12 Bedtime Snacks/Drinks That Can Help You Sleep Better

12 Bedtime Snacks/Drinks That Can Help You Sleep Better

There is plenty of advice available to cure insomnia. For example, the fruit alphabet is said to promote sleep. While there are plenty of OTC remedies, some are addictive or have undesirable side effects. Many find it preferable to use natural remedies instead. In this way the person is working with their own body to get a good night’s sleep.

1. Warm Milk

Researchers have long touted the benefit of a warm cup of milk for a better night’s sleep. Further, warm milk lowers dangerous cortisol levels, that rise as a result of stress. Those who are lactose intolerant can receive the same benefit from almond milk.

2. Protein and Carbs

Try a light snack of peanut butter on a cracker about a half hour before bed. Scientists do not recommend a heavy meal, before sleep, but a very light snack of cheese or peanut butter and a cracker can be extremely beneficial.

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3. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Foods rich in magnesium help people sleep better according to scientific research. Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious way to add this important mineral to the diet and it serves as a very light bedtime snack.

4. Almonds

These little nuts are believed to enhance sleep for several reasons. The protein helps lower blood sugar and almonds are rich in magnesium, which is said to help sleep. Try a handful a half-hour before bed or as a milk or spread almond butter on a cracker.

5. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is another remedy that experts have recommended for a very long time for those who suffer from insomnia. The tea is very soothing and calming, and of course, is caffeine-free. Some have paired this remedy with other natural remedies, such as magnesium, to enhance the benefit.

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6. Soy Beans

This salty snack is especially helpful to women with symptoms menopause. Research indicates that foods rich in soy isoflavones reduce hot flashes brought on in menopause. Blend two cups of soy beans with a dash of salt, a quarter teaspoon of olive oil, and a single clove of garlic for a light dip.

7. Oatmeal

Enjoy an oatmeal cookie with milk or a warm bowl before bedtime for a great night’s sleep. New studies indicate that oats contain melatonin and complex carbohydrates that are surprisingly helpful for those who have trouble sleeping.

8. Banana

This sweet snack came as a bit of a surprise, yet studies confirm this bedtime snack is highly beneficial. Bananas are very high in the vitamins that relax muscles, potassium and magnesium. Add a dab of peanut butter for some protein.

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9. Yogurt

Yogurt naturally contains tryptophan, a proven sleep enhancer. Tryptophan, is also in warm milk and studies show that eaten in yogurt the amino acid is digested easier. People who are lactose intolerant may find yogurt to be a better alternative to milk as well.

10. Green Tea

A soothing cup of decaffeinated green tea is highly beneficial in a number of ways including getting a good night’s sleep. Green tea contains the amino acids, theanine, which has proven to be important to a healthy night’s sleep.

11. Montmorency Cherries

Cherries, especially montmorency, are high in the sleep aid melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone found by researchers that is a natural sleep aid. Eat four or five cherries forty-five minutes to an hour before bedtime.

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12. Fish

Most fish, especially salmon and tuna, increase the production of melatonin. Fish is also rich in vitamin B6 a proven nerve soother. The vitamin has also been shown to relieve symptoms of restless leg syndrome, for those who have difficulty with this insomnia inducing disorder.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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