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Should you be drinking banana-peel tea?

Here at ISS, all kinds of unorthodox methods to help induce sleep come across our desk every week. The most recent of these being banana-peel tea. Supposedly boiling a whole washed banana in a saucepan with water for 10-15 minutes and drinking the liquid is the way to go if you struggle with sleep.

Bananas are a good source of magnesium and potassium, two minerals that have been linked to better sleep quality and length due to their muscle-relaxing properties. They also provide some tryptophan, an amino acid that’s important for producing the sleep-inducing hormones serotonin and melatonin.

Nevertheless, it’s unknown to what extent these nutrients leach into the tea during brewing, making it hard to know whether drinking the tea would have the same potential sleep-promoting effects as eating a banana.

What unconventional sleep aids have you heard of? Do any of them work for you?

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