I know a lot of you had those restless nights of staring at the ceiling, turning and tossing, unable to get more than couple hours of shuteye. Several effects of this irregular sleeping patterns or even insomnia can be felt by the body. These include stress, depression, and anxiety. Insomnia can also be a cause of certain medications. Some of the many that contribute to sleep loss are antihistamines, pain medications and heart and blood pressure medicines. Moreover, there are some medications that can trigger frequent bathroom trips, make you drowsy at first or even can further disturb your rest.
Banana Tea for Deep SleepHaving a really great taste, this organic banana-infused sleep remedy works wonder. How does this tea work? Well, if you didn’t know bananas, mainly its peel, are loaded with magnesium and potassium. While magnesium can help you avoid sleep disturbances, both potassium and magnesium work together in order to help relax muscles. As a matter of fact, this magnesium is known to man as the most powerful relaxation mineral!
Always consume an organic banana. Those that are not organic are loaded with harmful pesticides. Because we encourage you to eat the boiled peel, it must be chemical-free.
Enjoy this tea every night before bed as it only takes less than 10 minutes to prepare it.
1 organic banana
1 small pot of water
A dash of cinnamon (optional)
1. Cut both ends of banana and place it (peel and all) into boiling water.
2. Boil it for 10 minutes. Using a strainer, pour the water into a mug.
3. Sprinkle the cinnamon into the tea.
4. Drink it one hour before bed time.
Worried about being wasteful? Well, you’ve clearly never had a boiled banana before! You may also sprinkle some cinnamon over the banana after it has been boiled. Eating that warm, gummy fruit, including its peel along with the tea can increase its soothing effects and makes it a yummy dessert!
Why You Should Avoid Sleeping PillsCurrently, due to despair, a lot of people resort to sleeping pills. It’s no wonder. Almost half of the population suffers from poor sleep or insomnia. But here’s what you need to know: sleeping pills cannot help you long-term. It can only provide a short-term fix. It only induces and maintains sleep.
They are classified as sedative hypnotics. Drugs that fall under this category include benzodiazepines and barbiturates.
Benzodiazepines, like Valium and Xanax, are used to treat anxiety disorders by increasing drowsiness. This can be addictive. Moreover, Barbiturates can depress the central nervous system and are used as sedatives and anesthetics.
Here's a list of side effects that accompany sleeping pills.
3. Stomach pain
4. Uncontrollable shaking
5. Difficulty focusing and remembering
7. Parasomnias (Doing things without realizing it… Scary!)
If you’re already suffering from lung diseases like COPD or even asthma, sleeping pills can be fatal and dangerous. It causes your breathing rhythm to slow down and lighten.
This Is How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Body
Your body suffers if you don’t get enough sleep. Your long and short-term memory function are seriously affected. Your emotional responses to things become totally twisted and the processing of even the simplest things becomes challenging. Furthermore, the scariest part of depriving yourself of sleeping is that it has been linked to serious health problems like cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
Watch below Dr. Oz's episode for natural remedies for insomnia, where banana tea is mentioned.