While everyone knows that a good night's rest is important, few seem to be able to get it. Whether the problem is getting to bed too late or an inability to fall asleep, a study by the National Sleep Foundation found that nearly half of Americans reported insufficient sleep affecting their daily lives.
More than just an irritant, chronic sleep deprivation can have serious health repercussions, according to WebMD. It can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes and has also been shown to negatively impact mood, memory and even one's metabolism. But what is to be done?
The answer to feeling more rested lies in the humble banana.
The same reasons bananas are touted as a great post-workout snack make them a great aid to ease into restfulness. Bananas are high in potassium and magnesium, two minerals that naturally relax muscles. Not only that, bananas are high in two more important compounds for sleep – tryptophan and melatonin, reports Livestrong. The caveat? The highest concentration of these important micronutrients is in the skin.
To reap the benefits of this powerful sleep aid, try this banana tea recipe:
Full recipe: Banana tea recipe for better sleep
Have you tried a nightly routine of drinking banana tea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.