Have a Snooze Fest: What Foods Help You Sleep Better?

Have a Snooze Fest: What Foods Help You Sleep Better? young beautiful hispanic woman at home bedroom lying in bed late at night trying to sleep suffering insomnia sleeping disorder or scared on nightmares looking sad worried and stressed

If you’re that type of tired where you are too exhausted even to be able to get a good night’s rest, maybe you should change your diet a little! Here are some foods which help you sleep better and wake up more rested and full of energy.

Your legs and arms hurt when you get in bed because your muscles can’t relax. You hear the clock ticking ominously, announcing that the morning is coming soon and you won’t get any rest. You can’t put your mind to sleep because it’s overflowing with buzzing thoughts. And this happens each night, over and over, until you feel exhausted. Well, you’re not the only one.

40 percent of Americans have reported symptoms of insomnia every year, according to the National Sleep Foundation. If you need to sleep better, these foods can help you with that, no matter the cause. Even if your schedule is changing, you have stress at home or some family problems that don’t let you get too much sleep.

7 foods that help you sleep better

1. Cherries

All cherries are rich in melatonin, the hormone that activates your sleep cycle. So you can have a cherry snack in the evening, about a cup or so, without feeling guilty about it. You can also try some cherry juice.

Have a Snooze Fest: What Foods Help You Sleep Better?

Cherries are rich in melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycles.

2. Fish

They’re rich in tryptophan, a natural sedative. The types of fish that have the most of this sedative are shrimp, cod, tuna, and halibut. You can also eat some turkey meat. It’s no wonder that you always feel sedated after Thanksgiving dinner.

3. Lemon balm

This herb, related to mint, which smells like lemons, can help induce your sleep; especially if you combine it with another herb, called valerian. According to a study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, 81 percent of the people who had minor sleep problems and tried this herb mix reported sleeping better than the ones on a placebo. You can make a lemon balm tea with honey, or sprinkle some fresh leaves on the fruit salad you have before going to bed.

4. Spinach

It’s rich in potassium and magnesium which help with muscle relaxation. Spinach also has calcium, which helps stimulate melatonin production. If you’re not a fan of spinach or you want to vary your menu, kale, Swiss chard, turnip greens, and collard greens have the same benefits.

5. Bananas

They are also very rich in magnesium and potassium. So have at least a banana a day, because it will also help with restless leg syndrome and nighttime muscle cramps. These two conditions can wreak havoc on your good night sleep. So instead of reaching for your favorite movie snack, go for a banana in the evening.

Have a Snooze Fest: What Foods Help You Sleep Better?

The magnesium and potassium in bananas help your body relax for the night.

6. Almonds

These healthy nuts are loaded with magnesium and calcium. So have a handful of almonds each night or spread some almond butter on a slice of whole grain bread. Nuts have a variety of other uses (link), too.

7. Chamomile

People have been using this traditional remedy as a cure for insomnia for millennia. It also helps if the reason you can’t sleep is generalized anxiety disorder. So have a warm cup of chamomile tea in the evening, before going to bed. It will help keep the disruptive thoughts away.

I’m a pop culture nerd who thinks too much about fried bacon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and life, the Universe and everything. I love food and sometimes you can see that on my hips, but I don't care that much about that.
What I do care more about is trying to eat healthier, even though I admit that I like to indulge in my food fantasies. I’m addicted to puns, so forgive me for that when you read my articles. I now know too much about nutrition to be fun to hang out with. So long and thanks for all the fish-based omega-3 fatty acids.

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