Food for Thought: Sleep Hygiene and a Good Night's Rest
Food for Thought is talking about sleep today. Going over sleep hygiene tips to help improve sleep. Making a magnesium rich banana tea, and a pumpkin breakfast porridge.
Sleepy Time Banana Tea
1 banana, washed, ends cut off, and cut in half lengthwise (leave peel on)
4 cups water
Optional cinnamon or honey to taste
- Put both banana halves in a pot. Add the water.
- Bring to a boil, then turn off heat and steep for 3-4 minutes.
- Remove bananas and banana water.
- Drink as is or add additional flavoring to your liking.
The leftover banana can be removed from the peel and eaten immediately, or stored in the freezer for a future smoothie.
*Recipe by Dr. Michael Breus, ”The Sleep Doctor”
1 sugar pumpkin, washed, ends and seeds removed, skin on, cut into large pieces
water as needed
¼ cup coconut milk, or to taste
½ teaspoon cinnamon , or to taste
1 Tablespoon chopped walnuts or pecans
- Pour a thin layer of water (about 1/4’ high) into the bottom of a crock-pot. Add squash pieces.
- Cook on high until soft but not mushy, about 2-3 hours.
- Drain and cool squash if not using immediately. Store in the refrigerator until ready to make porridge.
- In a large pot, add squash, coconut milk and cinnamon. Stir to combine, breaking up chunks to the consistency of oatmeal.
- Taste and add more coconut milk or cinnamon to your liking.
- Serve topped with chopped nuts.
You also might want to read this over at the WSJ:
Help for Middle-of-the Night Insomnia
Doctors have some surprising suggestions for anyone who wakes up and can’t fall back asleep, the most common type of insomnia