By Pam Masin
By Jihan Thompson
Amino acids in eggs may stimulate neurons that produce orexins, which play a key role in regulating REM sleep and daytime wakefulness.
Lunch: Tart Cherry Juice
Researchers from Louisiana State University found that insomniacs who drank tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks began sleeping approximately 85 minutes longer each night.
Dinner: Jasmine Rice
A small study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when subjects’ dinner consisted mainly of jasmine rice — a food high on the glycemic index — they fell asleep roughly twice as fast as those whose meal included rice low on the index. High GI foods can trigger the release of the sleep-promoting amino acid tryptophan. The index ranks how much carb-containing foods raise blood sugar. The lower a food is on the scale, the less its effect.
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