Weekly Wellness Tip – Need Sleep?

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As much as we are anxious for Spring to come, many of us can not believe we have to set our clocks forward in a week.  Why?  We are going to lose an hour of sleep!  For those that don’t generally sleep that well losing that hour is going to be brutal until we adjust.

About 10 years ago I was having trouble sleeping and discovered I was iron deficient.  My doctor prescribed iron supplements and it was an incredible transformation. Now my iron rich diet has helped with relieving me of this issue permanently!  Studies also show that you can be deficient in calcium and magnesium causing you to have sleep issues.  We need our sleep to be at our optimal best so if falling asleep and staying asleep is a problem for you, find the root of the problem and determine a solution that fits your needs.

Diet can be a start.  Here is a list of food to incorporate in your lifestyle if you may be hitting a wall once we “spring forward”.  Start now and stay ahead of the sleep thief!

Feed the wellness in you!

  1. Almonds – A great source of magnesium.  If you are magnesium deficient, you have a harder time staying asleep.
  2. Walnuts – A good source of tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that helps make serotonin and melatonin, the “body clock” hormone that sets your sleep-wake cycles.
  3. Cherry juice – Particularly tart cherries, naturally boost levels of melatonin.
  4. Yogurt – Dairy products like yogurt and milk have the calcium boost to help if you’re deficient.
  5. Whole grains – Get your Farro, Barley and Quinoa to boost your magnesium level.
  6. Leafy greens –  Kale, Collards, Mustard Greens, Spinach, Bok Choy, Watercress – all high in iron and calcium.
  7. Chickpeas – Chickpeas boast vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness).

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