Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sleep

I found this cool article on the Sam's Club Healthy Living Magazine, and I thought I would share. Tip #4 always seemed to work for me when I needed it.

FOOD THAT HELP TODDLERS SLEEP
-Tim Vandehey

1. Bananas

The body converts bananas to serotonin and melatonin, hormones that promote sleep. Bananas also contain magnesium, which relaxes muscles and can help little ones nod off.

2. Oatmeal
Oatmeal (often with a little sweetener) is very palatable for young children, and oats are a good source of melatonin, which helps bring on sleep naturally. Oats are also rich in vitamin B6, which increases serotonin levels, improving the chances of a deep, restful sleep.

3. Honey
A small amount of honey added to warm milk deactivates a neurotransmitter called orexin that produces alertness.
Note: NEVER GIVE HONEY TO CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 1 YEAR OLD.

4. Warm Milk
The granddaddy of all children's sleep aids, warm milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which has a sedative effect. The calcium in milk also helps the brain use tryptophan more effectively. plus, the simple act of drinking warm milk before bedtime can be soothing and relaxing.


1 comment:

1.2.3.4.5 said...

Loved the article! So if you think about it, outmeal made with milk with honey and sliced bananas (which is how we eat it) is perfect! :o)