If you like the taste of coffee, you might enjoy some Krakus. It is an all natural coffee substitute made from barley, rye, chicory and beet root. You could add some cinnamon, rice or soy milk, honey, vanilla.... I grew up drinking it, and I find it very comforting.
Sunshine6442 - WOW what can I say! loads of info. Cottage cheese I'm not allowed on my food plan but there are a number of foods you mention that I can have - cheddar cheese, meat, poultry, seafood, strawberries for example. I don't have refined carbs at all. Doctors in the UK don't tend to be very geared up to testing vitamin/mineral levels other than iron. I have suspicions that my magnesium levels may not be as good as they should be and I now there is quite a bit of stress around at the moment.
I don't know about bedtime drinks other than Chamomile tea which soothes nerves and helps you sleep.
cottage cheese is high in casein protein it is the perfect food to consume before bed.
here are some foods that help a person sleep... these foods are high in the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan: Dairy products: cottage cheese, cheese, Seafood, Meats, Poultry, Whole grains, Beans, Rice Hummus, Lentils. Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Eggs, Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter sandwich with sesame seeds, Bedtime snack foods can be; baked potato, mandarin oranges, strawberries, whole wheat, all-air popcorn and cereal.
Foods containing tryptophan make a person sleepy..to get a good nights sleep combined a tryptophan and a carb as a bedtime snack..... there’s research that suggests being calcium deficient may make it difficult to fall asleep and too little magnesium in your body as reported by the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.... lack of magnesium may make it harder to stay asleep...have your doctor test magnesium levels...and a do a full lipid panel...if you are low in vitamin B especially B6 it will be harder to fall asleep...Chickpeas boast vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin...also get your vitamin D levels checked....this too can be a cause since since lack of vitamin D causes high blood sugar levels and will wake you often .....
High blood glucose can wake you up to urinate, while low blood glucose can wake you with hunger....please remember stress interferes with sleep, and it always has, but so does diabetes.
Also, Drinking ice-cold water can drive away the feeling of sleepiness. Drink room temp water at night.
Having dinner that has too much of refined carbohydrates can restrict your sleep and allow you to stay awake at night. The best example of refined carb is white flour that is found in ample amounts in cakes, donuts, cookies, white bread, muffins and cupcakes. Refined carbs are also found in sweet drinks and snacks like potato chips and candies. Many who eat these foods in the evening face a hard time falling sleep
.....have a bowl of oatmeal, cereal with low-fat milk or yogurt with honey, salmon, halibut and tuna—boast vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness), some add a cup of tart cherry juice twice a day they experience some relief in the severity of their insomnia.
So since the tea is not an option, maybe try the cottage cheese and the tart cherry juice.
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