Drink a glass of hot milk before going to bed at night (unless you are allergic to dairy products, of course!). Milk contains calcium and inositol, two substances that promote sleep.

A lack of glucides or an unbalanced diet can both cause insomnia.

Vitamin B6 is indispensable for persons who eat a lot of protein: the more meat you eat, the more Vitamin B6 you need.

Fortunately a sufficient amount of B6 is easy to obtain from food. Good sources include whole and sprouted grains, whole grain bread, yeast, egg yolk, beef liver and soybean.

It is also abundant in breast milk, which is the main source for young babies. If you are bottle-feeding your infant, he or she might need a B6 supplement (consult your pediatrician).

A B6 deficiency is usually caused by improper absorption of the vitamin, or its destruction in the body, since it is relatively abundant in the food we eat. Symptoms of a deficiency, aside from insomnia, include anaemia, nervous problems and convulsions.

Too much copper in your system (the result of eating too many peanuts, for example) can also prevent you from sleeping. Copper or iron can replace zinc, manganese or magnesium and cause behavioural disturbances, one of which is insomnia.

Lithium is the remedy most often recommended for psychological or emotional problems. Its effects are enhanced by Vitamin E. Combined with aluminum, it makes an effective treatment for sleep and memory problems. If your insomnia is related to some type of psychological disorder, combine lithium with copper or silver.

Good sources of lithium, in its natural state, are whole grains and seeds.

Recommended foods

– sprouted grains

– whole grain bread

– cabbage, pumpkin, spinach, lettuce and other green vegetables

– yeast

– liver, kidney and other organs

– milk and cheese

– fresh fruit, especially peaches and apples (except at night)

– egg yolk

– split peas

– fish

– red meat

– soybean.

Foods to avoid

– peanuts

– coffee, tea

– fresh fruit (at night)

– heavy meals in general, especially at night

– tobacco

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