If disrupted sleep rules your nights, it can make your days nightmarish. You may feel sluggish, groggy and dull. Your emotional and physical health may suffer.
It may help to know that everyone experiences trouble falling or staying asleep once in awhile. In the meantime, try these tips to get a good night’s rest:
Eat the right foods
Nutrition plays a role in how well you sleep. Food relates directly to serotonin, a key hormone that — along with Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid — helps promote healthy sleep. Try to consume foods that calm the body, increase serotonin levels and get you ready for restful sleep. These include complex carbohydrates such as whole grain breads and pasta; lean proteins such as chicken or turkey; heart-healthy fats such as walnuts, cashews and pistachios; and beverages such as warm milk or chamomile tea.
Use sleeping pills safely
If you’re tempted to use an over-the-counter sleep aid to get some rest, there are a few good guidelines to keep in mind. Allow enough time for a full night’s sleep. Don’t try them the night before a big, event-filled day. Watch for side effects. And only use sleeping aids for short periods of time. Ongoing insomnia? Talk to your doctor.
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