sleeping beauty

took the girls to see matthew bourne’s sleeping beauty last night – our annual xmas treat –  they loved it!  its a modern gothic version of the classic fairy tale, but the costumes and set design are what make the performance worth it.  its perfectly pitched for a younger crowd, whose perception of dance may be a bit stuffy.  i also bought a family ticket,  well in advance which discounted the seats immensely.


Foods such as wholegrain bread and cereals are high in complex carbohydrates and have a mild sleep-enhancing effect because they increase serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter that promotes sleep. there are lots of other theories too, such as almonds and a banana.… i think you just need to give them all a try.

A glass of warm milk with honey is one of the oldest and best remedies for insomnia. Milk contains tryptophan which, when converted to seratonin in the body, induces sleep and prevents waking. sleeping chamomile or valerian tea is also a good alternative.

Lettuce has a long-standing reputation for promoting healthy sleep. This is due to an opium-related substance combined with traces of the anticramping agent hyoscyarnin present in lettuce. the herbal remedy quiet life is based on lettuce.

so if sleeping is a problem, try eating some of the above to help you – apparently what is not good for you is eating sweet things, such as a chocolate biscuit (which i am sometimes prone to do). i definitely think that the best beauty treatment is a good nights sleep!

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