Sleep Inducing Foods:
Study Shows Potassium Helps with Deeper Sleep
Here is a summary of a recent study published in the Journal *Sleep*.
The present study examines the effects of potassium supplementation on sleep quality as indicated by the use of a wrist monitor and sleep logs. The participants are normal young males eating a low-potassium diet. A placebo-controlled study compared one week of oral potassium chloride supplements to one week of identical placebo capsules.
The results: Potassium significantly increased Sleep Efficiency due to a reduction in Waking After Sleep Onset. Side effects were minimal and not significantly different between treatment conditions. The results may indicate an improvement in sleep consolidation (less interruptions) with potassium supplementation.
Comments from Nutrition Breakthroughs: One of the best, highest sources of potassium is the banana, which contains 400 milligrams of potassium. Eating a banana before bedtime may help reduce nighttime awakenings and provide better, deeper sleep. A banana can also be eaten in the middle of the night to help you get back to sleep.
Here is a list of some high-potassium foods, courtesy of the Linus Pauling Institute:
1 medium 422 mg
Potato, baked with skin
1 medium 926 mg
6 fluid ounces 528 mg
Plums, dried (prunes)
1/2 cup 637 mg
6 fluid ounces 372 mg
1 medium 237 mg
6 fluid ounces 417 mg
1 medium 292 mg
1/2 cup 420 mg
1 ounce 241 mg
1 ounce 200 mg
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