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Millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders, ranging from insomnia to sleep apnea. Sleep problems can cause depression, illness, and car accidents, and contribute to an overall lower level of health and fitness. There are many things you can do to get a better night’s sleep, starting with increasing the amount of exercise you get every day, and eating more fruits and vegetables. Produce can play an important role in the amount and quality of sleep you get.

  • Try to eat four to nine servings of produce every day.
  • Choose beans and leafy greens that are high in magnesium. Magnesium helps can the nervous system.
  • Eat lettuce! Lettuce contains a substance called lactur carium that relaxes the nervous system and helps promote sleep.
  • Eat bananas. Instead of having a cookie on your way to bed, grab a banana. This fruit contains trytophan, an amino acid that is converted into serotonin, which calms the brain and helps induce sleep.
  • Avoid sugary foods, caffeine, and excessive carbohydrates, which convert into sugars and lead to a state of restlessness.

A diet rich in Fresh1 produce will keep your heart and your whole body healthy. Try to eat at least five servings of fruit or vegetables every day.

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