Maryann Battersy and her husband, both from Rotherham, England, literally went through hell-their 3-year old son was unable to stay asleep throughout the whole night and he woke up constantly.
The son, Aaron, was 98 days premature and he was woken hourly for feeding. When he was released from the hospital, 4 months later, he took the hospital “routine” home.
His mother says that she and her husband were literally losing their minds every single night. His sleeplessness had a negative effect on the child’s behavior during the day- he was moody, lazy; he screamed a lot and hit himself or other people.
At night, Aaron would wake up screaming and saying that he saw spiders and monsters. Often times, in 3 o’clock in the morning, he would jump out of bed and wake up his parents. His mother tried out all kinds of methods to aid his sleep, from calm music and special lights, to different kinds of blankets, etc. but nothing worked.
He was also treated with melatonin, a hormone that regulates the circadian rhythm, but this was also an unsuccessful attempt. Hopeless, Maryann decided to consult a professional in this field. She was advised to give Aaron half a banana before going to bed, nothing less, nothing more. Believe it or not, Aaron now sleeps throughout the whole night; he goes to bed at 8pm and wakes up at 7am.
Maryann explains that they’ve finally become a normal family. Hence, Aaron goes to bed and she and her husband get to spend time together. Aaron is much happier now.
Bananas are rich in certain nutrients and minerals that help the body to relax. They also have magnesium and potassium which additionally relax the muscles. The tryptophan in bananas which the body transforms into serotonin and then into melatonin is known to cause sleep.
However, further research is needed to confirm that foods rich in tryptophan can make a person fall asleep easily.