The 10 Best and Worst Foods to Eat for Sleep
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The 10 Best and Worst Foods to Eat for Sleep

Ah, sleep. It's something we relentlessly crave, but we never seem to get enough of it. Aside from the daily stressors in life, there's one big thing that can keep you from snoozing -- your diet. Here, the best and worst foods to eat for sleep.

Best: Cereal and Milk
Your go-to breakfast staple can also moonlight as the perfect pre-bedtime snack. Eating a combination of carbohydrates and protein enables our bodies to produce the "happy hormone" serotonin, which in turn produces melatonin, a neurotransmitter that has a calming effect, explains Danielle Omar, a DC-based registered dietitian. Just stay away from sugary cereals to avoid getting a sugar high right before bed. Other safe nighttime snack bets include cheese and crackers, cottage cheese and fruit, or oatmeal with milk for a similar soothing effect.
Worst: Protein
While protein is a vital part of our daily diets, too much of it means less sleep at the end of the day. "High-protein diets have a tendency to give you more energy and not calm you down," says Dr.Michael J. Breus, author of The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan. Instead, remember to munch on a high-carb, low-protein snack that's no more than 200 calories before bed.

Best: Passionfruit
Though not always available in the nearest supermarket, it's worth finding if you're in need of some serious shuteye. Passionfruit contains somniferum, which has sleep-inducing properties. Omar recommends eating the fruit as is, or try it as a juice or tea.
Worst: Alcohol
Sure, your eyelids may start drooping after that second glass of wine, but chances are you'll have a restless night of sleep once you turn in. "After drinking alcohol, usually you get drowsy and fall asleep," says Omar. "But you don't get into the REM stage of sleep." When that happens, you're kept from achieving a deep, uninterrupted sleep -- as the bags under your eyes will tell you the next day.

Best: Bananas
Often called "a pill in a peel" by experts, bananas contain high levels of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a muscle relaxant, which can help us start snoozing faster. Also extremely helpful is the whopping 422 milligrams of potassium one banana contains, since studies have shown potassium can help regulate sleep patterns and nerves.
Worst: Fatty Foods
The fattier your dinner is, the less sleep you'll get, warns Dr. Breus. Eating foods high in fat (especially ones that are greasy or fried) will likely cause uncomfortable heartburn or stomach issues when you lie down. Stick to low-fat snacks and make sure to eat at least two hours before hitting the hay.

Best: Cherry Juice
A 2011 study published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that tart cherry juice is a great sleep aid. Adults who drank two glasses of cherry juice daily slept an average of 39 minutes longer than usual. Turns out cherries boast some of the highest levels of melatonin among natural foods, explains Dr. Breus. Try a small nighttime smoothie to start dreaming with 1 cup concentrated tart cherry juice, half a banana, 1/2 cup soymilk, and 5 crushed ice cubes. [Personally, I'd skip the soy milk. US produced soy is heavily GMO and may have high amounts of chemicals. It is also, mostly unfermented which can cause problems]
Worst: Spicy Food
Not only will that Thai takeout leave your mouth on fire, it may cause nightmares, says Dr. Breus. "I've had patients who've said when they eat a spicy meal it affects their dreams at night." Backing up these claims is a study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, which found that subjects who ingested Tabasco sauce and mustard with their dinner had elevated body temperatures during their first sleep cycle, causing sleep disruption and more awake time at night.

Best: Warm Milk
Most of us were fed warm milk as babies and toddlers to help us fall asleep, but the science behind why the drink makes us sleepy is lacking, says Dr. Breus. "There's not enough tryptophan in a glass of warm milk -- you'd have to drink a gallon and a half of it to feel any effect." It's likely that warm milk works as a placebo for inducing sleep because it's comforting. Hey, whatever works, right?
Worst: Caffeine
The effects of caffeine may be obvious, but what's not so obvious is that the stimulant stays active in our bodies for eight to ten hours. "The effects vary from person to person, but by the afternoon you should cut off the caffeine," says Omar. And that doesn't just mean that third cup of coffee after lunch. "That means chocolate too!" she says
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Passionfruit.  Interesting.  I'll have to pick some up sometime.

For some reason this thread reminded me of a time years ago when I was the designated driver.  One of the guys had several Red Bull & vodkas, so the effects were pretty humorous; one moment he'd start to nod off in the front seat of my truck, then would suddenly jerk up wide awake.  A couple minutes later he'd start to nod again, and the process would repeat itself.  Apparently he did that all night; sleep for 5-10 minutes, then be wide awake.
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(10-11-2016, 02:53 PM)Sir Charles Napier Wrote:   Apparently he did that all night; sleep for 5-10 minutes, then be wide awake.

Sounds like some sort of cruel torture.
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(10-11-2016, 03:09 PM)Zedta Wrote:
(10-11-2016, 02:53 PM)Sir Charles Napier Wrote:   Apparently he did that all night; sleep for 5-10 minutes, then be wide awake.

Sounds like some sort of cruel torture.

The torture was dealing with him the next day, tired and a tad hungover.
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(10-11-2016, 04:04 PM)Sir Charles Napier Wrote:
(10-11-2016, 03:09 PM)Zedta Wrote:
(10-11-2016, 02:53 PM)Sir Charles Napier Wrote:   Apparently he did that all night; sleep for 5-10 minutes, then be wide awake.

Sounds like some sort of cruel torture.

The torture was dealing with him the next day, tired and a tad hungover.

Ugh. And I though dealing with my drunk boyfriend at the time, who used to sign showtunes in the car whenever he'd a few too many, was bad.

He didn't sing well, either.
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(10-13-2016, 09:54 PM)PrairieMom Wrote:
(10-11-2016, 04:04 PM)Sir Charles Napier Wrote:
(10-11-2016, 03:09 PM)Zedta Wrote:
(10-11-2016, 02:53 PM)Sir Charles Napier Wrote:   Apparently he did that all night; sleep for 5-10 minutes, then be wide awake.

Sounds like some sort of cruel torture.

The torture was dealing with him the next day, tired and a tad hungover.

Ugh. And I though dealing with my drunk boyfriend at the time, who used to sign showtunes in the car whenever he'd a few too many, was bad.

He didn't sing well, either.

This was an Army buddy. So I drop the others off, and go to take knucklehead back to base. He passes out in the front seat. I roll up to the gate, hand the guard my ID, and then knucklehead suddenly wakes up and starts yelling. Scared the poo out of the gate guard, and I thought we were going to get arrested or shot.
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(10-13-2016, 09:54 PM)PrairieMom Wrote: Ugh. And I though dealing with my drunk boyfriend at the time, who used to sign showtunes in the car whenever he'd a few too many, was bad.

He didn't sing well, either.
Showtunes?!  :LOL:  Oh my.  Did he accentuate the songs with jazz hands?

I've seen my fiancé drunk only two times and a little "happy" when a friend of his insisted he try lean/purple drank.  All times he broke out into Russian chansons.  I was surprised he had a singing voice albeit slurred.  The second time he was drunk was just two nights ago (everyone is getting drunk here they are so stressed out; my mother has turned to wine) and he pretty much sang the whole Tokarev "New York - Moscow" album.  Not in order but hey, it was entertaining.  Singing drunks: what would life be without them?
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(10-13-2016, 11:23 PM)Zubr Wrote:   Singing drunks: what would life be without them?

Perhaps a tad quieter? :grin:
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(10-14-2016, 10:58 AM)Zedta Wrote:
(10-13-2016, 11:23 PM)Zubr Wrote:   Singing drunks: what would life be without them?
http://www.fisheaters.com/forums/Smileys/fishy/grin.gif

Perhaps a tad quieter? :grin:

But not nearly as entertaining.  :grin:

Besides, I'll take a singing drunk over drunk charades any day. It tends to get highly inappropriate very, very quickly. Don't ask me how I know.
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(10-14-2016, 10:58 AM)Zedta Wrote:
(10-13-2016, 11:23 PM)Zubr Wrote:   Singing drunks: what would life be without them?

Perhaps a tad quieter? :grin:
Quiet?  What's that?  :LOL:
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