Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sleepytime....

Garfield by Jim Davis

Watching a baby sleep is such a peaceful sight. Aside from the beauty in a sleeping baby, there is that ultimate relaxation that many of us try to achieve. It is estimated that in the US 30% - 50% of the population suffers from insomnia - difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep.
There are times when it is hard to clear our mind or we have been physically active close to bedtime, so there are obvious causes for insomnia.
Simply Sleep, by Tylenol, (diphenhydramine HCI 25 mg - the same ingredient in benedryl) is the latest over the counter product on the market, non habit forming and low dose. But, there are alternatives that are not medicinal.
We have all heard about chamomile tea or warm milk, but there are more!
Dad sent me this link to MSN on foods that you can eat to help you sleep better.
The article focuses on eating small snacks with high carbohydrates. Carbs increase the levels of serotonin, the sleep chemical in the brain.
Some of the 10 choices they suggest include:
- 2 cups air popped popcorn
- a toasted frozen whole wheat waffle
- half a cup pretzels
- 1/2 cup pasta with sauce
- half an English muffin or bagel

The article suggests pairing them with warm herbal tea or warm milk.

I didn't know this and instead thought that eating before bed was a bad plan, but the key is to keep it light.

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