Getting your best night of sleep may be as simple as making small dietary tweaks. Rest easy with these five nutrition tips that we found in a Yahoo! Article.
One: Eat a big breakfast. While it can be tempting to chow down on a handful of nuts, crackers and, well, everything else once you walk in the door from work, it's actually best to consume your largest meal of the day in the morning. Dinner, on the other hand, should be moderate in size, as a large meal tends to raise your body temperature and heart rate, ultimately inhibiting your ability to fall asleep.
Two: Try tryptophan. There's a reason everyone at the table makes a beeline for the couch following a hefty Thanksgiving meal. Turkey contains an amino acid known as tryptophan (trip-toe-fan), a natural sedative that makes you sleepy. You needn't serve turkey to doze off either; cheese and tuna are other possible sources.
Three: Eliminate MSG. If you haven't already eliminated foods that contain MSG, or monosodium glutamate, from your diet, now might be the perfect time to do so. MSG, which often appears in processed foods, can provoke insomnia.
Four: Ask for decaf. Save that cup of hopped up espresso for the morning, and steer clear of caffeinated beverages within three hours of hitting the hay. Caffeine is a stimulant, which can increase your heart rate and inhibit your ability to doze off.
Five: Get more melatonin. Melatonin is a supplement that'll help you sleep better. You can buy the pills at your local drug store -- be careful though -- too much melatonin is not a good thing. People with liver conditions should not take it. And remember -- you should always speak with your physician before starting a new supplement.