Sleep allows your body to rest, restore and rejuvenate. We sleep almost a third of our lives, so what can you do to get quality sleep? Have you considered Banana Tea?
You probably have tried many tips to get quality sleep. The first thing to do when trying to get better sleep is to develop a consistent sleep pattern. This means you go to bed and wake up the same time every day. Not just 5 days a week, but all 7 days. If it is difficult, at least try to wake the same time within a half hour. When you are training your body to do this, it is so important to keep this cycle. Once you trained yourself, you can break the rule occasionally, but you will find yourself waking before your alarm even when you think you want to sleep in.
Our bodies are rhythmic and when you allow your body to sleep consistently, it allows for your circadian rhythm to regulate.
Getting enough magnesium is one strategy for sleeping better. It is a critical mineral for biochemical reactions in the body. Our soil is becoming depleted of magnesium, so you may not be getting the amount you need. Magnesium is critical for sleep. It allows you to relax, and it can lower your cortisol, which is your stress and waking hormone.
You may have heard of Epsom salt baths in the evening to get magnesium. This can be a great strategy. You are able to absorb magnesium through your skin as you soak, relax and give yourself some self-care. Fill a bath with warm water and 1-2 cups of Epsom Salt. Soak and relax. You are a busy woman. You may not have time for a bath every evening.
Have you tried Banana Tea?
You may know that bananas are good for potassium, but did you know they are good for magnesium as well? The interesting fact is that the banana peel has 3 times as much magnesium as the actual banana. Dr. Michael Breus, PhD., The Sleep Doctor, is the one who has been known to have his patients drink Banana Tea.
About an hour and a half before bedtime make and drink Banana Tea, so that it doesn’t cause you to wake in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Here is what I do.
Banana Tea for Quality Sleep
1 normal-sized ripe banana
2 cups boiling water
Cut off ¼ inch of top and bottom ends of the banana. Leave the peel on. Place the banana into boiling water and boil for 10 minutes. Strain banana water into a cup. Add a little honey or cinnamon if desired. Drink. (You can eat peeled banana the next morning with cinnamon, but it is squishy and discolored.)
Because I do not like overripe, squishy banana, this is a great way to use that browning one that I find at the bottom of my fruit bowl.
Will you try this tea and drink it as a part of your evening routine? Tell me in the comments below how you make sure you are getting magnesium.
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