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12 Bedtime Snacks/Drinks That Can Help You Sleep Better

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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 November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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