Sleep is important and a good seven to eight hours of it can help us to function well. Yet, most of us have a hard time getting a good night's rest. Stress and a hectic lifestyle are major contributing factors.Now, an expert reveals how a good sleep tonic can help you get some shut-eye.
Ellen Vora, a Holistic Psychiatrist, believes what we eat is very important to not only improve sleep quality but also to keep stress at bay. Sugar and refined carbohydrates can have a very unhealthy impact. "These are all foods that are rapidly broken down, causing our blood sugar to spike. This spike then triggers our body to release insulin, which shuttles sugar into our cells, thereby causing our blood sugar to crash—and the vicious roller coaster continues, " she stated in a news portal.
The blood sugar crash causes our bodies to respond to it with stress response and feelings of hunger. This is likely to make you feel anxious and get your heart pumping when you are trying to get some sleep in the night.
However, a few small changes to your night routine can have a huge impact." I like to have my patients take a spoonful of coconut oil before bed and, upon waking, set the stage for steady blood sugar by focusing on minimally processed, nutrient-dense whole foods," Vora stated in a news portal.
However, while coconut oil has loads of benefits, consuming it on its own may not sound like a tempting idea. That is why she decided to mix it in with other foods that can help improve sleep quality.
Here is a list of what's in her special tonic blend just for sleep:
Coconut oil: This oil helps to manage your blood sugar levels and reduce systemic inflammation, which is healing for the gut.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is popular in ayurvedic medicine due to its healing properties. It can bring down stress levels and its smell alone can help put you in a better mood. It also works to manage you blood sugar levels.
Chamomile tea: Making this beverage with a herbal tea will help to put you in a sleepy state of mind.
Cherries: Cherries taste great and are a rich source of melatonin, which has been found to help people sleep better. Researchers have also found it can help you sleep for longer.
Almonds: These nuts contain protein and fat that can slow down the digestion process. It is also rich in magnesium, which can help you relax.
Brazil nuts:Selenium deficiency or any nutrient deficiency can oftentimes cause your stress levels to go high. You should add three of these nuts in your drink.
Collagen: Collagen can repair damage caused in the gut lining, as well as make your hair and skin healthy.
Give this nourishing drink a try if you have trouble sleeping.