Life Balance: Sleep Friendly Foods for Self Care

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 26th, 2014

On any given night, over 50 million Americans are having difficulty falling asleep or waking up in the middle of the night, yet nothing is healthier than a good night’s sleep.

Sleep is restorative and offers more advantages than just feeling energized in the morning. It’s linked to a strong immune system, clearer thinking, lowered blood pressure, preventing heart disease, decreasing fat deposits, providing young-looking complexion and reducing stress.

Sleep and Work Life BalanceDid you know there are sleep friendly foods? Those include almonds, turkey and whole grains. Also, complex carbohydrates like brown rice, cereal and grains contain Tryptophan, an amino acid needed to produce serotonin which helps makes melatonin which helps us sleep. Lean proteins are also high in Tryptophan while fat proteins take longer to digest and bring the serotonin levels down.

Tea also helps people sleep because it helps with relaxation. Chamomile tea, in particular, is known for is calming qualities as well as valerian tea.

Calcium-deficiency may make it difficult to fall asleep so increase your calcium uptake with dairy products like yogurt, cheese and milk.

To learn how to care for your mind, body and spirit and increase your life balance, visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. Contact me today to discuss a customized program that brings work life balance to your staff.

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