Having trouble getting your child to wind down for bedtime? Or maybe you yourself can't seem to catch some zzz's? Here are 5 types food that you and your child can share before bed because, according to science, they will help you and your progeny get on the dream train faster than you can yawn:
Bananas aren’t just Minion munchies, they’re also sleeping buddies. The potassium and magnesium in bananas act as muscle and nerve relaxants making it easier to calm down before bed. They also contain B6 which increases the body’s serotonin, a chemical that can make you feel sleepy.
Can honey ensure sweet dreams for you and your offspring? We’re not so sure about that. We do know, however, that honey contains glucose. Research shows that glucose hinders orexin cells which are known to trigger wakefulness and alertness. Cynthia Pasquella, CCN, CHLC, CWC, says that one teaspoon before bed is enough.
Chamomile and valerian tea are well-known for having mild and safe sleep aid properties. Green tea as well, according toJacob Teitelbaum, MD, medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers “Green tea contains theanine, which helps promote sleep. Just be sure you get a decaf green tea if drinking it at bedtime.” Another alternative is lavender tea, thought to have relaxing and anti-stress properties.
According to an Australian study, rice has a high glycemic index, so high that it can easily slash the time it takes for you to fall asleep. A glycemic index is a number given to food that indicates how much that food affects the body’s glucose level. And as we know (as mentioned on item number 2 on this list), glucose makes you sleepy -- an advantage for Filipino families who already find it almost impossible not to have a cup of steaming hot rice with their dinner ulam.
5. Dark Chocolate
“Chocolate for kids before bed?” we hear you ask. Definitely not, right? Milk chocolate might be a definite no-no but dark chocolate shouldn’t be. Dark chocolate contains serotonin helping you and your child feel drowsy and ready for bed.
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