Are sleepless nights the bane of your existence? Insomnia and exhaustion are the reality for so many people. And when sleeplessness adversely impacts both health and mood, it’s something worth paying attention to.
Besides of being a psychological problem, insomnia can also cause problems on the physical aspects of a person.
Some physical causes include hormonal changes in women, decrease in melatonin, medical conditions, pains, genetics, and other sleep disorders.
Decrease in melatonin, on the other hand, is a phenomenon which happens as a person ages.
Melatonin are hormones that control a person’s sleep. Other than these factors, studies also show that insomnia can be passed down from one generation to another.
Some factors which affect insomnia are jet lag, working the night shifts, medications, environmental noise and extreme temperatures.
So which food helps you sleep? Do bananas help you sleep?
The answer is YES!
Next time you have trouble falling asleep, go to the kitchen and grab a banana instead of reaching out for another sleeping pill.
Research shows that bananas and sleep are connected with each other due to their nutritional benefits and here we tell you why.
“A banana a day will keep the doctor away!”
Apples are commonly quoted in this phrase, but much research shows that bananas can easily be substituted. Some even state that it should be considered a super fruit! Why, you ask?
Well, bananas are packed full of nutrition with several health benefits.
Bananas are filled with protein, calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and biotin.
1. Banana’s are one of the top fruits with the high levels of magnesium, which makes eating a banana before bed a go-to snack.
2. Magnesium has many healthy benefits, one of them being battling against insomnia, helping you to sleep longer and even faster.
3. Therefore, it helps in relaxing the muscles in your body with a neuro protective effect.
4. The magnesium in a banana also helps lower your brain temperature and helps regulate your hormones.
1. Potassium works harmoniously with magnesium to improve sleep, relax muscles and nerves, regulate blood pressure, and promote healthy digestion.
2. Deficiency in potassium, also known as hypokalemia, can effect sleep.
Amino Acid Tryptophan:
1.Eating a banana before bed can be useful in combating insomnia because of the amount of tryptophan.
2. Tryptophan is an amino acid which is naturally present in food, such as bananas.
3. The body uses tryptophan to produce hormones known as serotonin and melatonin.
4. Melatonin is a hormone that promotes restful sleep and regulates the body’s circadian rhythm.
Skip the sleeping pills and reach for one or two bananas an hour or two before bedtime. Along with a well-rounded diet and regular exercise, bananas might be the key to saying “goodnight” to insomnia, once and for all.
You can have a look at some recipes too for overcoming this problem of INSOMNIA!
SLEEP ENHANCING BANANA RECIPES
Banana’s make great snacks, smoothies, and even tea. To have the best banana sleep experience, have a go at these recipes!
1. Banana tea for sleep!
Step 1: Cut both ends of the banana.
Step 2: Boil the whole banana, with the peel, for approximately 10 minutes. Add cinnamon as desired.
Step 3: Pour your tea in a cup and add more cinnamon (or honey) if desired for a better sleep effect.
Many people are not aware that a banana peel is also edible and packed with more nutrients than the fruit itself.
Instead of throwing it away as trash like you may commonly do, you can finally use it with this homemade banana tea with a hint of cinnamon.
Not only is banana beneficial for sleep, but so is cinnamon.
Cinnamon allows your hormones to function better by balancing your blood sugar levels. So, combining two different ingredients to improve sleep is even more beneficial.
2. Banana oatmeal cookies
Banana mixed with another natural source of melatonin – oatmeal! If you have not tried these already, you are missing out.
–>1 cup oats
–>Raisins, nuts, cinnamon (optional)
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Step 2: Mash the bananas and mix in the oats until well blended.
Step 3: Add a handful of the optional ingredients such as raisins and nuts, or add a teaspoon of cinnamon to give the cookies that extra flavour.
Step 4: Grab a tray and place a baking sheet on top. With a spoon, create cookie shapes with a decent amount of mixture. This mix will make up to 9-11 banana oatmeal cookies.
Step 5: Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
I hope, rather than having pills all time. Now you have another remedy for isomnia which is easy and quick to adopt.
Also, it adds onto the nutritive value in your diet.
– By Gauri Anand