7. Tart Cherry
Tart cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Researchers from Louisiana State University found that drinking Montmorency tart cherry juice helped increase sleep time among older adults with insomnia.
- Drink one-half to one cup of tart cherry juice twice daily.
- If you do not like the juice, eat a handful of tart cherries a few hours before going to bed.
Bananas are considered a natural sleep aid because they contain an amino acid called tryptophan that helps raise serotonin levels. Serotonin is a kind of hormone that helps regulate sleep patterns.
In addition, bananas contain natural muscle relaxants, magnesium and potassium, that help promote sleep. Plus, the carbohydrate in bananas makes people sleepy as well.
- Eat one banana one hour before bed every night.
- You can also make a tasty banana and milk smoothie and drink it at least one hour before your bedtime.