Improve Insomnia With Cinnamon Banana Tea

21 August, 2020
Both bananas and cinnamon contain substances, such as potassium and tryptophan, that can contribute to a good night's sleep.
 

Health and well-being depend not only on a good diet, but also on how much you sleep each day. In fact, it’s proven that getting a good night’s sleep, at least 7 hours a day, is crucial for good quality of life, energy, and good physical and mental performance.

During your time of rest, we not only replenish physical energy, but we also give the brain what it needs to stay healthy.

Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle has caused millions of people to reduce how much they sleep. This is becoming a risk factor for several different types of disorders.

We live ina time when everything happens quickly and, therefore, we’re forced to accelerate our lifestyles. This can easily lead to stress, poor lifestyle habits, and inevitably,  health problems.

In fact, insomnia is a risk factor for the development of many diseases. As a result, it’s important to care for your sleep hygiene every day. It’s not just about avoiding tiredness in your daily activities. It’s about investing in your health to improve your well-being nad quality of life.

Fortunately, you can improve your sleep routine by using some tips and taking advantage of some healthy and natural alternatives, such as banana and cinnamon tea.

What are the benefits of cinnamon and banana tea?

Banana slices in a bowl
 

Tea made with cinnamon and banana is very easy to make and can help create a sleep ritual for a good night’s rest.

Some people use this tea occasionally, while others drink it regularly to avoid using sleeping pills, which often cause dependence and other health problems.

However, before we go on, we want to indicate that this drink won’t “cure” insomnia. However, it can help you relax and improve your lifestyle.

Why combine banana and cinnamon in a drink? Both foods have properties that can contribute to relaxation. Next,’ well seem ore about the nutritional components of bananas and cinnamon.

Properties of bananas

Bananas are a fruit with a delicious, sweet flavor that’s a staple in many diets thanks to their high content of potassium and magnesium. Both of these minerals facilitate special bodily functions, including the regulation of your blood pressure and the elimination of retained fluids.

Potassium is also involved in protein production, carbohydrate metabolism, nerve transmission, and osmotic balance. It also helps regulate cortisol levels (also known as the stress hormone).

Their main benefit when it comes to getting better sleep, however, is the content of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that increases the production of serotonin, which is a needed substance for a good night’s sleep.

Properties of cinnamon

A bowl of ground cinnamon.
Research on cinnamon demonstrates that it’s an anti-inflammatory antioxidant and antimicrobial.
 

The other main ingredient in this recipe is cinnamon, an aromatic spice that, according to data from the Spanish Nutrition Foundation, contains proteins, iron, calcium, zinc, potassium, selenium, vitamins B6, C, phenols, and aldehydes.

Cinnamon also supports healthy digestion and circulation, two important factors for people who have trouble sleeping.

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How do you make this cinnamon and banana tea?

To prepare a delicious cinnamon and banana tea, you just need to follow this recipe. Take note of everything you need and the following steps!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (2.5 g)
  • Water (as much as you need)

Preparation

  • Cut the ends off of the banana and without peeling it, add it to a liter of boiling water.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and allow it to cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, let steep for a few minutes, and strain the liquid.
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon and stir well.

Consumption

  • Drink a cup of this tea an hour before going to bed.
A woman holding a cup of tea.

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Is this drink a cure for insomnia?

Although this drink can help us relax at night and create a ritual to help you sleep better, you should keep in mind that it’s not a cure. Therefore, you should only use this as a complement to a healthy lifestyle.

 

If your problems with sleep continue, it’s best to consult your doctor and follow their instructions.

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