Yummy tricks for better sleep

July 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

As our loved ones age, their ability to get a good night’s rest may become more and more of a problem. We all know how crucial sleep is to the maintenance of our health, especially as our bodies grow older, so finding a solution to their problem becomes a priority.

A National Institute of Aging study several years ago found that over 50 percent of men and women aged 65 and older complain of at least one chronic sleep issue.

Check out these 5 calming foods to help your senior loved one get that sleep they need and desire—

  1. Tart Cherries and Cherry Juice: Both these products contain not only antioxidants, but also melatonin. Studied seniors were given 8 ounces of juice twice a day and saw positive results.
  2. Bread:  Carbs, carbs, carbs. Contains tryptophan and aids your senior’s sleep response.
  3. Turkey: Along with all of its other health benefits, turkey contains tryptophan which enhances the function of the hormone serotonin, which aids in relaxation. Must be why we are all so tired after our Thanksgiving meals!
  4. Chamomile Tea: Drink this for a calming effect and a non-caffeinated treat before bedtime.
  5. Fortified cereal: Contains B6 which helps give a more sound sleep. Other sources of this vitamin are tomato products, bananas, and rice.

So next time you are grocery shopping, make sure to stock up on some of these food items and incorporate them in your loved one’s diet.

One more note! Sleep better and stay away from items such as:

Fatty Meals

Caffeine

Alcohol

Spicy Foods

Eat and sleep well! 

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