5 foods that can help you sleep

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Five Foods That Can Help You Sleep

It's no secret that diet and health go hand in hand. However, exactly how the foods you eat effect your sleeping patterns may not be common knowledge.

If you're having trouble sleeping, you might want to stock up on these particular superfoods:

1. Chickpeas are a great source of Vitamin B6, which is necessary for the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.

2. Chamomile tea is known to help relax muscles and nerves and acts as a mild sedative.

3. A glass of tart cherry juice can help boost your levels of melatonin, which helps you fall asleep faster.

4. Almonds are rich in magnesium that eases muscle tension and helps the body relax.

5. Cheese is high in calcium, which is a key nutrient that helps the body de-stress. Calcium deficiency is known to make it harder to fall asleep.

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Lavender 

The scent of lavender is known to be very relaxing and can help you get to sleep at night. 

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Shut off the screens

Avoid being on your computer, phone or e-reader before going to sleep. Studies have shown the use of these items before bed can decrease the quality of your sleep.

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Melatonin supplements 

Taking sleeping pills sounds scary to many people, but melatonin supplements are like a sleep vitamin, giving you a little extra of the naturally produced hormone. 

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Stick to a schedule

Going to sleep and waking at the same time every day helps your natural sleep/wake cycle. You sleep much better when you go to bed when actually drowsy and wake naturally at the same time each day. 

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Exercise 

Regular exercise, even as little as 20 mins a day can help you sleep better at night. 

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Skip the afternoon nap

Taking a nap during the day can exasperate insomnia for many people. 

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