Get the rest you deserve without having to count sheep.
Sleep is crucial for your overall health and well-being but according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 25 percent of American adults have reported inadequate sleep for at least 15 out of every 30 days. In addition, an estimated 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder such as insomnia or sleep apnea. If you aren’t getting the quality sleep you need or want to improve your sleep naturally, dietary and lifestyle changes can go a long way in helping you reach your goals. Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Breus and Dr. Camilo Ruiz, a board-certified internist specializing in sleep medicine, shared their pill-free recommendations for anyone looking to get more rest and relaxation.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
The old adage, “you are what you eat,” is especially true when coupled with your sleep health. Consuming a diverse diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein, like fish and meat, benefits nearly all aspects of your mind and body and supports the natural production of melatonin, the hormone behind your circadian rhythm. The key foods Dr. Breus recommends include carbohydrates, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and fruits such as kiwis and Montmorency tart cherries, which already contain melatonin. Dr. Ruiz suggests avoiding foods that cause acid reflux and heartburn, which would keep you up at night anyway and to stop eating at least two hours before your bedtime.