Many of us realize the importance of eating right and exercise to staying healthy. There are, however, three cornerstones to the pursuit of this goal and the third one, sleep, may be the most important according to Dr. Sergio Cortes. Without sufficient sleep, we may be too tired to feel like exercising, and we’ll need stimulants to be able to work throughout the day. Getting enough sleep is typically easier said than done. Since most of us have to be up fairly early to get to a job in the morning, the biggest problem is falling asleep early enough in the evening to allow for sufficient sleep by the time we have to get up.
One problem is that many of us continue to be distracted by the electronic devices we have our faces buried in during the day while we are in bed. If you still can’t get to sleep after putting your smartphone down, the problem may be what you ate earlier that evening. Certain food can keep us awake and a recent article has also pointed out a few that can help you get to sleep. We know it’s unwise to drink coffee or eat chocolate before bed as they both have caffeine, but did you know that cherries contain melatonin, which promotes sleep? Bananas are both a healthy snack and contain magnesium and potassium, which help muscles relax.