ADHD: Get Answers

ADHD: Get Answers

Get the facts on common ADHD questions here.

Snacks for Eyesight

Snacks for Eyesight

Keep your vision strong by making this a regular snack. 

Diabetes Recipes

Diabetes Recipes

Enjoy the foods you love without spiking your blood sugar or complicating.

5 Foods That Help You Sleep Better

Here's an important strategy to live younger and longer: Get enough sleep. Insomnia -- or even just getting less than 6 hours of good sleep a night -- increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and viral infections, but snoozing 6½ to 7½ hours can make your RealAge younger.

Did you know humans die earlier without sleep than they do without food? Fortunately, food could be the solution to your sleep problems. A couple of hours before bedtime, curl up with one of the following sleepy-time snacks that get your brain to release sleep-friendly chemicals. (Take this assessment to find out what's causing your sleep problems.)

  1. Almonds: A handful contains muscle-relaxing magnesium and sleep-inducing tryptophan, which increases the brain's level of feel-good serotonin. They’re one of the healthiest foods that help you sleep better.
  2. Bananas: Beneath the peel is a trifecta of soothers: serotonin, magnesium, and melatonin, your body's natural sleep regulator. (Here's another health benefit of sleep.)
  3. Skim milk: Mom was right -- a warm glassful will help you sleep better. The milk's tryptophan has a sedating effect. Plus, the calcium helps your brain use that tryptophan.
  4. Oatmeal: Oats are rich in sleep-regulating melatonin. If you drizzle just a little honey on top, it tells your brain to turn off orexin, a neuropeptide linked to alertness.
  5. Whole-wheat bread: A slice of toast dotted with banana slices releases insulin, which helps tryptophan get to your brain. There it changes into serotonin and whispers, "Sweet dreams."

Want more tips for better slumber? Visit our Sleep Disorders Center.

RealAge Benefits

Getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night -- but not more than 9 -- can make your RealAge as much as 1.5 years younger if you're a woman and 0.9 years younger if you're a man. Take the RealAge Test!

February, 2011