Your Sad Desk Salads
Sleep Soundly: Oatmeal
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String Cheese and Yogurt
Sad but true: Dairy could be behind your fatigue. You may have digested it just fine when you were younger, but intolerances to the proteins in dairy (casein and whey) can develop as we age, and tiredness is a hallmark symptom. “At least 50 to 60 percent of my patients complain of fatigue, and I would estimate that 20 to 30 percent of those people feel better off dairy,” says Lyla Blake-Gumbs, MD, from the Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
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Tea, another hot liquid, has a similar relaxing effect as a warm glass of milk. The lack of caffeine in chamomile tea is also beneficial as it won’t cause you to wake up mid-slumber. “If chamomile isn’t your thing, you can always try herbal or decaffeinated tea for relaxation,” says dietician Shirley Fan, M.S., R.D.
Toss and Turn: Spicy Foods
Hot tamale! Those hot wings may taste damn good during the football game, but they aren’t going to feel so great come bedtime — especially if you’re prone to heartburn, since lying down only amps up its side. Make sure you eat your favorite hot foods early enough in the day to prevent a sleepless night later.