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Diet & Nutrition

Seven tips for deep sleep

Insomnia makes life miserable for three million Australians, and more women than men are affected. Try these self-help strategies.

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Insomnia makes life miserable for three million Australians, and more women than men are affected. Try these self-help strategies.

1. Eat to sleep An amino acid called tryptophan, found in milk, turkey, and peanuts, helps the brain produce serotonin, a chemical that helps you relax. So, a slice of toast with peanut butter or a bowl of cereal are good bedtime snacks. Check your iron levels: Iron-deficient women are 20 per cent more likely to sleep badly. 2. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine All three lead to obstruction of the airways, causing snoring and possibly sleep apnoea.

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