It’s amazing how the food we eat affects our health, sleep patterns and even our “gasp” sex drives. Unfortunately, when you don’t get enough sleep, it can age us faster , cause depression, weight gain, make us forget things, gives us headaches and we have a greater chance of developing heart disease. The Harvard Medical School warns against the short- and long-term impact of lack of sleep. “In the short term, a lack of adequate sleep can affect judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury. In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality.” According to the Sleep Management Institute, we’re just some of nearly 30 to 50 percent of people affected by insomnia.
If you have issues like snoring or sleep apnea and are overweight, one thing you can do is lower your body fat index . For those of us that don’t have snoring or sleep apnea we ask the question, ” Sleep why do you hate me so much!” We need to feed our bodies to get more, Tryptophan, serotonin and melatonin. (serotonin is a brain chemical that helps you sleep) and melatonin ( the hormone that makes you sleepy) Trytophan is an essential amino acid, which means you have to gt it from your diet because your body cannot produce it.Your body uses tryptophan to make the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin.
How long should you be sleeping each night?
People require different sleep durations based on their unique physiological needs. Some people need at least eight hours of uninterrupted zzz’s while others already feel energized after six hours of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation provides a general recommendation for appropriate sleep ranges across age groups. Teenagers, aged 14 to 17, should get eight to 10 hours of sleep each night; adults (18-64) must sleep for seven to nine hours; and older adults (65 and above) are advised a sleep from seven to eight hours.
No one is truly free from the risk of sleep disorders. A healthy adult can still suffer from short-term insomnia, or trouble sleeping for a few days, because of stress or an uncomfortable sleeping environment.
We all know how important it is to eat a healthy diet so we can lose weight, live longer and, hopefully, age well. But what people don’t often talk about is how the foods we eat can affect your mood.
Eating the right foods, such as omega-3 fatty acids, foods high in healthy organic proteins and organic vegetables that contain antioxidants can help us with insomnia but eating the wrong types of food can contribute to those sleepless nights or even worsen existing symptoms.
It’s all in your daily patterns and diet. Your choice , your lifestyle. Always check with your health care provider before starting a new regime.
Things To Help You With Insomnia
Turn off the electronics! That hand held device that you’ve been glued to all day? You have to put it down if you want to get some sound sleep—and the same goes for your laptop and iPad, too. Why? The blue wavelengths produced by your smartphone and other gadgets (and energy-efficient LED light bulbs) significantly suppress the production of melatonin, the hormone that makes you sleepy, according to University of Basel research. Another problem: Light-emitting devices engage and stimulate the mind, resulting in poorer sleep, according to an Osaka University study.
1.Avoid large meals late in the evening.
2.Learn and use a relaxation technique regularly. Breathing exercises, meditation and yoga are good examples.
3.EXERCISE early in the day!!
4.Use “white noise” devices to block out surrounding environmental noise.
5.Take a warm bath with Epsom salt at night before bed
6.NO CAFFEINE PRODUCTS AFTER NOON!- caffeine increases cortisol levels, making you feel stressed even if there’s nothing to worry about.
7. No alcohol- i know, you might be tempted to drink a glass of wine or two to help you relax from a stressful day but , according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Symptoms can worsen if you are experiencing any sort of withdrawal, and alcohol also has an effect on your nervous system, including increasing your heart rate.
8. lower the room temperature- For optimal sleep, specialists recommend a room temperature of between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. During the onset of sleep, you become disengaged from your surroundings and your body temperature drops. Sleeping in a cool environment helps facilitate sleep at this stage. Turning the thermostat below 54 degrees or above 75 degrees can cause sleep disruptions.
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10. Sugar- Just like alcohol, you may use a doughnut or pint of ice cream to help you relax, but you are causing a spike and drop in your blood sugar levels, which can wreak havoc on your sleep pattern. Drastic swings in blood sugar can increase cortisol and adrenaline levels, which have been known to stop you from falling a sleep.
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Gluten free rolled oats Oatmeal w/ 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of walnuts, 1 teaspoon of raw honey and 1 banana
or a omelet with mushrooms, bell peppers and onions
( eggs have Tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that helps make serotonin and melatonin, the “body clock” hormone that sets your sleep-wake cycles. Mushrooms have potassium )
20oz of water with freshly squeezed lemon
( Oatmeal is a natural source of melatonin, a naturally occurring compound that helps to bring on drowsiness. Walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that helps make serotonin and melatonin, the “body clock” hormone that sets your sleep-wake cycles. Banana’s are rich in potassium and magnesium. Potassium and magnesium are is a natural-muscle relaxants and magnesium-rich foods also are very valuable as sleep aids. When your magnesium is low it makes it harder to sleep. Honey- The natural sugar found in honey helps to raise insulin and allows tryptophan to enter the brain more easily, according to nutritionist Lindsey Duncan on DrOz.com)
(almonds are rich in magnesium. Grapefruit-It contains lycopene, an antioxidant in the body that has been shown to improve the way you sleep )
Greek Salad with chickpeas and Sardines
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 medium tomatoes, cut into large chunks
1 large English cucumber, cut into large chunks
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 tablespoons sliced Kalamata olives
2 4-ounce cans sardines with bones, packed in olive oil or water, drained
Whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, oregano and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. Add tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas, feta, onion and olives; gently toss to combine. Divide the salad among 4 plates and top with sardines.
( sardines have calcium, chickpeas have magnesium, red onion’s help you sleep, raw garlic is high in b6 )
yogurt w/ chopped dates and 1/2 cup of watermelon
( Yogurt contains calcium which helps your body de-stress and gives you a boost of healthy gut bacteria along with containing tryptophan found in dairy products. watermelon is a superfood and is a good source of lycopene.)
Turkey burger or ,tuna or salmon or chicken
pick a dark leafy green, artichokes, squash, zucchini, brown rice,
Turkey is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that increases the level of your brain’s relax-and-feel-good compound, serotonin.
Salmon are high in vitamin B6, which your body needs to make melatonin and serotonin.
Chicken and turkey and contain tryptophan, an amino acid that’s used to make serotonin. And as your’ve read in this blog , serotonin is a brain chemical that helps you sleep.
Dark chocolate (Dark chocolate can lower your body’s overall levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine . epinephrine and norepinephrine can create feelings of anxiety and nervousness, according to Michael Lara, M.D., in “Food for Thought: How Nutrients Affect The Brain,”
8oz of cherry juice (Cherry juice-according to researchers from the Universities of Pennsylvania and Rochester. Cherries, particularly tart cherries, naturally boost levels of melatonin.A 2011 study found that cherries may be a natural sleep aid because of their melatonin levels)
Pick foods that are
*High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, artichokes, bananas, dried fruit, dark chocolate, and more.*
High potassium foods from natural food sources like beans, dark leafy greens, potatoes, squash, yogurt, fish, avocados, mushrooms, and bananas.
Complex carbohydrates have calming affects on the body. They increase serotonin in the body, which promotes calm feelings. Legumes, brown rice, and whole grains are just a few examples of complex carbohydrate food sources. Vegetables that provide complex carbohydrates include asparagus, turnip greens, spinach, corn, onions, cucumbers, artichokes, and cauliflower. According to Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health, look for high-fiber content and a low level on the glycemic index when deciding which carbohydrates to consume.
Red Onion Tea
helps with insomnia
1 cup of water
1 onion, cut in quarters
Blend, strain and drink
Epsom salt bath which is rich in magnesium
Sleepy time Goats Milk Bath
2 cups of powdered goat’s milk
2 cup of Epsom salt
1 cup of sea salt
2 cup of baking soda
10 drops of lavender essential oil
Combine the dry ingredients and the lavender essential oil. Store in a closed container. When you are ready to take a bath add 1 cup of dry ingredients. (Kids can use up to 1/2 cup of the mixture). Bathe 3 times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.
Lavender has a reputation as a mild tranquilizer. Simply dab a bit of the oil onto your temples and forehead before you hit the pillow. The aroma should help send you off to sleep.
Joke #1 Doctor: Listen, if you ever expect to cure your insomnia, you just have to stop taking your troubles to bed with you.
Patient: I know, but I can’t… my wife refuses to sleep alone.
Joke #2 A blonde went to the doctor: “Good heavens, you look terrible!” Exclaimed my doctor. “What’s wrong?”
“I’ve not had a good night’s sleep in over a month,” she said. “The stupid neighbors’ dog is outside barking its brains out all night, every night.”
“Well, just this once, I’ll prescribe you a sleeping tablet. Come back and see me in the morning,” he said.
Next morning when the blonde went to see him, he said, “Goodness! You look worse than ever!”
she replied wearily, “I was up all night chasing that dumb dog around and when I eventually caught him he wouldn’t swallow the pill.”
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.
Prayer for today:
Lord, please help me to get out of my own way so I don’t miss out on the wonderful things you have for me. Help me to remember that your promises are true and you have always and will always provide my every need. Your word says, that you will bless me, exceedingly, abundantly and above all that I can ask or think. I want change, I want to be healthy and I want to learn how to heal my body. I step out on faith and I know you will guide me as I search for the truth. I thank you for wisdom and spiritual guidance.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!
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