Turns out your mother was right when she told you to drink a glass of warm milk before bedtime. Milk is loaded with the amino acid Tryptophan, which can make you sleepy. But did you know that you can boost milk’s sleep-inducing effects by enjoying some carbohydrates along with it? It's true!
Studies show that when people who have trouble falling asleep add carbohydrates to their bedtime snack, they fall asleep 50% faster! So to ensure a restful night’s sleep, try this delicious Tryptophan and carbohydrate combination.
Start with a slice of bread and spread some almond or peanut butter on it. Although candy and chocolate are carbohydrates, they excite you and you won't be able to sleep. Drink some water or hot chocolate with Sleep Rescue added... Sleep Rescue stops your brain from racing and settles down your mind so you can fall into a deep, restful sleep. Sleep Rescue also makes you less reactive to little aches and pains that normally make you stir and wake yourself up.
The amount of xanthines, the caffeine like stimulant, in your hot chocolate is not enough to keep you up, but avoid drinking green tea, black tea, coffee, even decaffeinated, and eat dark chocolate.
These foods are loaded with xanthines—compounds in plants that stimulate your central nervous system and keep you alert. Sixty-three different plants contain this stimulating compound. If you want to get a good night’s sleep, avoid them like the plague! Knowing what foods to eat and NOT to eat before bed will help you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.
The operative word is "help". Sleeping and not sleeping is such complicated matter: getting you eat, drink, think and do the right things so you can see can be like picking a lock: it needs patience, it needs you paying attention what makes you better and what makes you worse.
The worst thing you can do is take medication: it does not solve the problem, it just covers it up.
I even mean the new product I saw the other day, that reduces the effect of caffeine... but it is chemicals that your body does not need, does not know how to use, and its effect isn't limited to sleeping: its effect, largely unknown, can make your worse, even ill.
Although I produce and live on the Sleep Rescue, there is a lot of behavioral modification that is required for me to sleep reliably well... and most of it is in the area of eating.
The other area is getting my body aligned... I'll write another article about that.