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The Salerno Center: 5 Foods For Treating Insomnia

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arrow stockAre you having difficulty falling asleep night after night?

arrow stockDo you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t seem to fall back asleep?

arrow stockDo you find yourself waking up too early in the morning and feeling overly tired?

While you may think that there is just something on your mind keeping you awake, there is a chance you could be suffering from insomnia.

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Treating Insomnia

arrow stockToday, practically a quarter of all adults are unsatisfied with their sleep cycles.

  • Ten percent of Americans are struck with insomnia.

Individuals with the sleep disorder, insomnia suffer from one or more of the above symptoms.

There are two varieties of insomnia; acute and chronic.

  1. Generally chronic insomnia requires treating both underlying conditions or health problems that can cause the disorder.
  2. When it comes to acute insomnia, good sleep patterns and healthy eating can be all you need to treat the disorder.


baby bullet arrowThe Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine has a few recommendations on food that can help to fight insomnia. Dr. Salerno will evaluate the environmental and nutritional conditions that could be affecting your sleep and thereby provide you with appropriate solutions.

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baby bullet arrowThe amino acid tryptophan helps to increase your calming or “happy”hormone, known as serotoninMelatonin is another hormone that offers sleep benefits as well.

salerno checkbox bullet 2With high levels found in Salmonmelatonin, a hormone produced in your pineal gland, may give you a much needed boost to your nightly dozing.

  • The main reason being the DHA, a super fat found in fatty fish, that when eaten regulates your sleep rythm.
  • Salmon also has a great amount of magnesium which contributes to a healthy nights rest.

Treating Insomnia

salerno checkbox bullet 2Foods that are rich in magnesium such as, Leafy Vegetables, helps to relax muscles and calm nerves that will lead you towards becoming drowsy and sleepy.

  • Magnesium can be found in leafy green vegetables, cashews, almonds, legumes and seeds.

salerno checkbox bullet 2If you have ever had a glass of Milk before bed, you might actually be doing your body good. Foods high in calcium increase the levels of serotonin in your brain to help you get a relaxing sleep. The same can be said for other calcium rich foods, like cheese and yogurt.

  • Consume an organic diet, making sure unadulterated, and low in sugar and grains.
  • Glycemic spikes is a major problem for people with sleep conditions, and it’s obvious that these things are problematic for your health. The whole goal is to boost foods that help you sleep not make you feel awake.

salerno checkbox bullet 2There is no need to take medication, when natural remedies like Nutshave sedative effects. Along with its essential vitamins, Nuts can help to stimulate and boost your body’s energy. Nuts contain a natural source of niacin and a wide range of other nutrients to support the release of serotonin.

salerno checkbox bullet 2An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but a handful of Tart Cherries will help you sleep. The hormone melatonin, the only fruit to contain such, is found in grapes and is essential for curing insomnia, as it may lull you to sleep.

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The effects of insomnia can be extremely draining on the body, beginning at just losing rest and increasing to lose of jobs due to lack of concentration.

Before you jump to prescription medication to help you sleep try simple techniques like yoga and meditation, along with a change in your diet.

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arrow stockBe aware that potential food intolerances, such as :

  • gluten,
  • corn,
  • dairy,
  • and even soy,

can have a dramatic effect on the quality of your sleep.

It is a very important part of any sleeping solution, not only to question what’s keeping you from nodding off but to also identify the specific underlying causes contributing to your issue as well.

arrow stockSo the first step in making sure your getting your adequate rest and reaping all the glorious results is to find out what your food is saying to your body, also called Food Allergy Test.

  • Specifically, the test will check for markers in the blood that stimulate harzardous antibodies that can hinder your health progress.
  • After the test, Dr. Salerno will develop an easy to follow food log that explains the benefits of avoiding allergic foods specific to…you!

baby bullet arrowFor more information on how you can treat insomnia visit The Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine.

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Treating Insomnia

As Test Country reported on there website:

  • Sleep Apnea Syndrome refers to transient cessation of respiration during sleep. The most common kind of sleep apnea is calledObstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSA) which is defined as the cessation of airflow during sleep preventing air from entering the lungs caused by an obstruction. It is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.
  • The risks of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea include heart attacks, strokes, impotence, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and heart disease.


arrow stockThere is a sleep test, called ARES Sleep Test that Dr. Salerno uses to help diagnose sleep apnea.

Watermark, the makers of the test explains

  • After identification of appropriate candidates for testing through a validated OSA risk questionnaire, home sleep testing equipment is provided to the patient by the physician or mailed directly to the their home.
  • Our home sleep testing devices have been validated to be as effective as an in-lab sleep studies, yet with the convenience and simplicity of being performed in the comfort of the patients home at a fraction of the cost.
  • Upon completion of the study, the information is uploaded to the WM Sleep Portal where the study data is auto-processed, undergoes a technical QA edit and professional interpretation by our network of board certified sleep physician before being returned to the ordering physician for diagnosis, all within 48 hours.