You might want to ask why is sleeping so important. When you are asleep, certain hormones are released that helps to control the effective functioning of the body. One of these hormones that are triggered by sleep is melatonin which I have mentioned in my previous post. This hormone is very essential in that it sets your circadian rhythms so your body knows when to sleep and it also helps you to wake up in the morning.
Having a good night's sleep improves the chances of your body to produce the right amount of melatonin, but what if you are having problems getting sleep in the first place? Insomnia affects your appearance in many ways and can literally be a nightmare for you. There are many things that can cause insomnia, it could be as a result of worry and stress. Some substances are also capable of depriving you of sleep, these substances range from drugs, drinks, and foods that you eat.
What you need to do is to start practicing excellent sleeping habits, which has to start from the day by making sure you get a dose of sunshine in the morning when you wake up before ten in the morning, even if it is only just ten minutes. Make sure you do exercise daily, preferably in the morning. Remember to always have a warm bath at least one hour before bed and try as much as you can to avoid coffee after three in the afternoon.
There are certain foods that promote a more restful night's sleep which helps to release sleep-inducing hormones. This includes milk, cottage cheese, plain yogurt, soybean, seafood, turkey, whole grains, beans, brown rice, lentils, eggs and sunflower seeds.