8 Foods to Eat for Better Sleep Tonight
Cherries: Cherries are a great source of naturally occurring melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate your sleep cycle. In fact, one study showed that adults who drank two daily glasses of tart cherry juice slept on average 40 minutes longer with greater sleep efficiency. The juice has also been shown to help reduce the severity of insomnia in some sufferers. Add some dry tart cherries to a trail mix to snack on during the day, or drink up to two glasses of tart cherry juice to see the benefits for yourself.
Bananas: Bananas offer a double-whammy when it comes to good sleep-inducing benefits. The snack-size fruit can help promote sleep due to its magnesium and potassium content: Both minerals are natural muscle relaxants. Have a banana with breakfast for a health boost during the day and better sleep at night.
Walnuts: Walnuts are another standout snack for better sleep. Walnuts’ melatonin content can help you achieve a better night’s sleep, plus they’re great for cognitive and heart health. Add walnuts to your trail mix and snack on them throughout the day (bonus: pair them with some dried cherries for a tasty and sleep-healthy boost!).
Complex carbohydrates: Think cereals, rice, potatoes or white bread, which can be easily digested and prime your body for a good night’s rest, according to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Lean proteins: There’s some truth in the Thanksgiving myth that turkey makes you sleepy. Tryptophan, an amino acid present in turkey and other lean meats such as fish and chicken, can increase your serotonin levels to help make you sleepy, if eaten in large quantities.
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