One in five Americans suffer from sleep disorders or sleep deprivation, and two-thirds get less than the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep, according to the CDC. As a result, nearly 9 million Americans were on prescription sleeping pills as of 2013.
With side effects including “dizziness, memory loss, confusion, depression, anxiety, aggressive behavior, hallucinations and thoughts of suicide,” people popping America’s leading sleeping pill – Ambien – might be relieved to know there’s a natural alternative with zero negative side effects… and it costs about 30 cents a pop…
Bananas – especially their peels – are loaded with magnesium (the planet’s most powerful sleep and relaxation-promoting mineral) and potassium. The two minerals work together to promote muscle relaxation and prevent sleep disturbances. (Most Americans have severely depleted levels of magnesium.)
The trouble is most people don’t want to eat the peels. RealFarmacy.com recently put out a great article, demonstrating how to squeeze the most out of every banana:
1. Slice the ends of an organic banana
2. Cut it into three or four chunks
3. Drop the chunks, with the peel, into boiling water
4. Let boil for 10 minutes
5. Strain bananas
6. Add cinnamon (optional)
7. Drink before bed
8. Eat the boiled banana chunks (optional)
9. Sleep soundly!
I’ve tried it, it works! I usually wake up several times a night, but last night I woke up only only once to use the bathroom after a solid 6 hours, and then got another 3 hours of deep sleep.
I often wake up feeling groggier and grumpier than when I went to bed, but this morning I woke up feeling wide-eyed, rested and in a good mood, AND… with no pain in my neck or back, which are usually aching by morning!
AND it’s delicious! One of the best tasting teas I’ve ever had!