The Family Table

Educating Families About the Benefits of Family Meals

Food and Sleep

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The better we sleep, the better we function awake.  Some of us who struggle to get the crucial hours of rest in the evenings will suffer from illness, depression, high blood pressure and just being downright cranky. School is almost back in session, which means for many, a change in sleep schedules.  Parents and children both experience excitement and sometimes anxiety when it comes to a change in schedule which can make it difficult to get the amount of rest they need to be successful in during the day.

To remedy insomnia, the answer may not be a new pillow or mattress.  A good night’s rest may require an adjustment to what you are eating.  Below is a list of some of the foods that may help you to get on track.

Foods That Help You Sleep

  • Fish
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Cherry Juice
  • Yogurt
  • Whole Grains
  • Kale
  • Bananas
  • Chick Peas
  • Fortified Cereals

Read the specifics on why these foods help you sleep.

Along with a diet full of the best nutrients for your body, exercise is one of the best ways to get yourself prepared for a good night’s sleep. After a good workout, not only is your body prepared for rest, but your mind is also at rest. In this study by the National Sleep Foundation, they explain: How Physical Activity Impacts the Overall Quality of Sleep. With the proper diet and exercise, you will be counting sheep in no time!

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