This is the first post of a three-part series on beating sleeplessness when you travel.
Going to bed wide awake, shaky & exhausted after traveling all day? How can you be at your best with the threat of insomnia starring you down?
Strategic use of food & drink:
Avoid caffeine – coffee ,tea, sodas, drugs, chocolate. Drink water or herbal teas – Nighty Night is a great choice! Make sure it is free of “valerian” – this is very important!
Wine and other alcohol is known to keep people awake or at the very least, produce restless sleep & a headache.
Eat dinner early, 6:00 or 7:00, not 9:00 or 10:00. Eat your higher carb foods for dinner since they are sedating, and use fat & protein foods during the morning & noon meals. Eat tryptophan-containing foods: Tuna, bananas, turkey, yogurt, dates, whole grains. A cup of warm milk really is helpful.
Give it a try and see how much better you sleep just by altering your diet.
“The Healthy Traveler”, Susan W. Kramer, Ph.D., RH (AHG), Esq., by permission.