At the end of the day, every person deserves to go to bed, rest and drift to peaceful sleep.
Sleep is something we have in common with every living thing on earth and it is still vital for our health to this day. We know that not getting enough sleep is bad because we behave like zombies the next day. But did you also know the benefits:
- Enhanced memory and capabilities to solve problems. While we sleep the brain organizes our memories and reviews the important information we learned during the day.
- Improved mood. The brain rests its social and emotional parts during sleep to recharge us for the next day.
- Maintaining good health. The body produces hormones that help cellular growth and recovery. The hormones also help to support the immune system.
A simple way to boost your sleep is by getting some nutrients which are known to support the sleep process. Most people nowadays go for a quick snack to fill their belly. By replacing that snack with some other food you might be able to get some better sleep.
One of the main benefits of Vitamin B6 is that it helps to metabolize another sleep nutrient, Tryptophan. By doing this it fights anxiety, boosts serotonin and melatonin levels and promotes restorative sleep. Another benefit that isn’t sleep-related it helps against dry skin and acne.
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This is a nutrient which every sports player knows (if they have experienced cramps). Magnesium is known to relax the muscles of your body. Not only does it relaxes your muscles it also helps to induce deeper sleep. Not having enough magnesium may results in cramps in your muscles.
Researchers are still discovering new things about the importance of magnesium. Just recently a link was made between low levels of magnesium and dementia.
You might have noticed something. Magnesium is found in food that is eaten infrequently. I personally don’t know too many people that eat spinach every week. Almonds and figs are more uncommon. But bananas are everywhere.
Just check out how many magnesium the foods contain below
Spinach ½ cup 78 mg
Almonds 1 ounce 80 mg
Figs 100 gram 17 mg
Banana 32 mg
As you can see the banana, the food that is in most people diet only contains 10% of the recommended daily intake. Because of this, I think most of the people have a magnesium deficiency. A magnesium deficiency can be bothersome. Not only will your sleep suffer from it, your muscles might get cramps.
Dealing with a deficiency can be a lot of work. You need to do some research about the foods you need and then you will need to adjust your whole diet around it. Think about it you will need to learn some new recipes and maybe letting go of some others.
While I highly can recommend trying some new foods, you can also get a little magnesium boost via another way. Via supplements.
The Revive Active Super Supplement is a great example of this not only does it contain magnesium it also contains Vitamin B6 and a lot of other highly healthful ingredients.
It is a simple way to complement your current diet and keep your sleep patterns in good condition.
If you are interested in enriching your diet with foods that will promote your sleep then check out the sleeping infographic below.
Fabian Tjong is the founder of NapSeason, a sleep blog dedicated to providing honest sleep advice and information. He aspires to help his readers to get a peaceful rest at night by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Check out his latest article about Cooling Pillows. You can also find him on Pinterest.
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