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26 March 2012

Eat well, sleep better

Are you one of eight million South Africans suffering from insomnia? Then it might interest you to know that eating certain foods and avoiding others may help you to sleep better.

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Are you one of eight million South Africans suffering from insomnia? Then it might interest you to know that eating certain foods and avoiding others may help you to sleep better.

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Eat foods rich in tryptophan because it helps produce the sleep hormone melatonin. Good sources of tryptophan are beef, cheese, fish, milk, eggs and sunflower and sesame seeds. Avoid bacon, sugar, ham, tomatoes and any fatty and sweet foods before you go to bed, as well as coffee after 4 pm. Also steer clear of alcohol as this may also aggravate insomnia and/or interrupt your sleep cycle. 

 
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