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Nutrition for a Restful Sleep

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Journaling Before Bed Can Help You Sleep

Sleep deprivation is usually the result of other illnesses and life circumstances.

The Health Hazards of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression and even premature death.
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What you eat can help or hinder your sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. The following tips can help you get a good night's rest.

  • DO drink warm milk before bed. Milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes sleep.

  • DO eat a large breakfast, medium-sized lunch and small dinner. Digesting a big dinner can prevent you from resting comfortably.

  • DO include carbohydrates on your dinner plate. Carbohydrates help your body produce serotonin, a sleep-inducing hormone.

  • DO try these late-night, sleep-friendly snacks: 1 cup of skim milk with 2 graham crackers or a banana smoothie made with 1 cup skim milk, vanilla yogurt and a banana.

  • DON'T drink caffeinated coffee, tea and sodas after 3 p.m.

  • DON'T use alcohol as a sleep aid -- it causes restless sleep.

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Medical Reviewers: Lloyd, William C, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Oct 28, 2014

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National Sleep Foundation (http://www.sleepfoundation.org/)

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