How Nutrients Can Improve Sleep
Do you suffer from sleep disturbances? Do you know how to improve your sleep hygiene?
Many people have trouble sleeping and breaking the cycle of insomnia can be hard. Sleep plays an essential role in people’s health but also in their lifestyles.
Sleeping disturbances can have a serious side effect on your daytime energy, productivity, emotional balance, and even your weight. Yet many of us regularly toss and turn at night, struggling to get the sleep we need. Unhealthy daytime habits and lifestyle choices can leave you tossing and turning at night and adversely affect your mood, brain, heart health, immune system, creativity, vitality, and weight.
So, what’s the solution? Did you know that several nutrients can improve sleep quality and boost mood?
- Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland. That's a pea-sized gland found just above the middle of your brain. It helps your body know when it's time to sleep and wake up.
It tells your body ‘It's time to sleep/wake up! Normally, your body makes more melatonin at night. Levels usually start to go up in the evening once the sun sets. They drop in the morning when the sun goes up.
Melatonin naturally occurs in the body, while it is also a supplement and can be found in several foods, including tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, cucumber and grapes, rice, nuts, seeds etc.
You can also buy melatonin supplements. They come in pills, liquids, and chewable. You might find them in natural or synthetic forms. The natural forms are made from the pineal gland in animals.
- Magnesium is one of the most common minerals present in many foods. These foods include pumpkin seeds, almonds, eggs, brown rice, plain yogurt, beans, soy milk, avocados, bananas etc.
You can't get enough via your diet, without needing any magnesium supplements.
Not only can magnesium help you get to sleep, but it plays a part in helping you achieve deep and restful sleep as well. It helps relax muscles and has an ability to help reduce anxiety.
What's the difference between melatonin and magnesium when it comes to sleep?
Magnesium can help with relaxing and calming your body, while melatonin will directly lead to hormonal changes that can cause you to fall asleep.