Whilst popsicles alone may not be able to cure your insomnia, if you use the right ingredients they may be able to improve your sleep.
Glycine is an amino acid commonly found in proteins such as pork, beef and chicken.
Just 3 grams of glycine before bed has been found to improve sleep quality, increase sleep duration, and reduce the amount of time taken to fall asleep.
Glycine has also been found to reduce daytime sleepiness and improve performance when it comes to memory recognition tasks.
Before you start experimenting with animal based popsicles, I want to tell you of a product that contains even higher levels of glycine: gelatin.
Glycine makes up around a third of the content of gelatin - so, to consume 3 grams of glycine you'll want to consume about 9 grams of gelatin.
One sachet of this dry gelatin contains a touch over 7 grams - convenient, and close to the amount used in the study.
If you want to weight out exactly 9 grams, this product may be better for you.
You can either consume the gelatin dry, or mix it with liquid.
To reduce clumping, mix the powder into a small amount of cool water and stir. Let it sit for a few minutes and then add the required amount of warm water (you can even mix it with herbal tea).
If consuming dried or plain gelatin isn't for you, here's a popsicle recipe for you to try (the orange juice and bananas provide sleep-boosting magnesium):
2 cups orange juice
3 (1/4-oz) packets granulated unsweetened gelatin
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 small banana
1/2 cup plain yogurt
Put all the ingredients in a blender, blend, pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
Pro tip: Silicone molds can make it easier to get the popsicles out when you're ready to eat one!
If you decide to add gelatin/glycine to your diet to improve your sleep, please let me know how you get on.
Source: Sleep and Biological Rhythms
Last updated: January 14, 2014