8 Foods to Aid in Sleep

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Ever get those late night cravings but have a hard time falling asleep afterwards? Try one of these 8 foods instead:

  1. Almonds
    • Almonds are a magnesium rich food that increases the quality of sleep and act as a muscle relaxer.
  2. Lettuce
    • Lettuce contains lactucarium, which has sedative properties.
  3. Tuna
    • Tuna is high in B6, which the body uses to make melatonin and serotonin. It also aids in regulating the body clock.
  4. White Rice
    • White rice is high on the glycemic index, quickly raising blood pressure, making it easier to fall asleep.
  5. Honey
    • Honey is a natural sugar that slightly raises insulin, allowing tryptophan, an amino acid that is a precursor to melatonin, to enter the brain.
  6. Hummus
    • Chickpeas are rich in tryptophan as well as folate and B6. Folate helps regulate sleep patterns, while B6 regulates the body clock.
  7. Cheese
    • Cheese is high in fat so use sparingly. However, cheese also contains calcium that helps the brain use the tryptophan found in dairy to produce melatonin.
  8. Bananas
    • Bananas are perhaps the most nutrient dense before bed snack. They contain tryptophan, magnesium, and potassium.

 

Bon appétit & sleep tight!

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