A glass of milk keeps your kids’ bones strong and helps them to grow, but did you know can help them go to sleep, too?
A glass of milk keeps your kids’ bones strong and helps them to grow, but did you know can help them go to sleep, too? If you’re like most parents of young children, getting your children in bed and to sleep is a major victory with significant rewards. And good news: You can help your kids wind down starting at dinnertime, by incorporating these healthy foods with a sedative effect into their meals.
Oats – A bowl of oatmeal or an oatmeal cookie (not too sweet) is rich in melatonin, a sleep-inducing brain chemical. In fact, many adults take melatonin pills as sleep aids.
Dairy – A warm cup of milk to help wind down before bed isn’t an old wives tale; milk contains tryptophan (an amino acid with sleep-promoting properties) and calcium, which are an express ticket to La La Land.
Bananas – Bananas are chock full of potassium and magnesium, which are natural muscle relaxants. These sleepy-time fruits also help the brain to produce seratonin and melatonin for maximum relaxation and calm.
Poultry – That sleepy feeling after a Thanksgiving turkey dinner has science behind it. Poultry—chicken and turkey, particularly—have tons of tryptophan that has most people yearning for a pillow after dinner.
Legumes – Beans, beans really are a magical fruit. They’re full of B vitamins, which help to make melatonin production regular.
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