Aug 21, 2013
Selenium aids antioxidant proteins so they can function properly in your body. Nuts, fish, turkey, chicken and pasta are good sources of selenium. This nutrient also plays a role in the immune system. If you have trouble sleeping, you may want to consider an adequate intake of selenium. Try increasing the content of selenium-rich foods and avoid supplements to be secure of any negative side-effects that affect sleep. One may only need very small amount of selenium to get better sleep. Besides, too much of selenium from supplements may cause sleep abnormalities.
Lycopene is a naturally occurring chemical that gives fruits and vegetables the red colour. It is found in grapefruit, tomatoes, papaya and watermelon. Lycopene has been linked with better sleep, though not much is known about it.
Vitamin C can be found naturally in a variety of foods, particularly oranges and other acidic fruits. Researchers have shown that vitamin C may have some benefits that indirectly improve the sleeping schedule and daytime energy levels.
According to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a small carbohydrate-containing snack before bed can keep you from feeling ravenous when you wake up the next morning; therefore, keeping you from overeating at breakfast. The right combination of foods including a source of carbohydrate can activate certain chemicals in your brain that relax and signal sleep.