We all know we should (typically) skip the bedtime snack, right? But what if eating before bed could actually help you get a good night's sleep?
Foods For Sleep
Have you ever wondered if that nighttime snack can do more than just satisfy a hungry stomach? Some foods can actually help promote relaxation and sleep, making for a more restful night. Next time you find yourself reaching for a bedtime snack, try one of these calming comforts.
Almonds – contains magnesium, which aids in muscle relaxation
Bananas – provide potassium and tryptophan to promote sleep
Chamomile tea – naturally caffeine-free herbal tea that has a mild sedative effect
Chickpeas –boast tryptophan which helps your body make serotonin and melatonin to induce sleep
Decaffeinated green tea – has L-Theanine, which relaxes and soothes
Milk – supplies calcium, which aids in tryptophan production and its conversion to melatonin
Oats and whole grains – deliver magnesium for muscle relaxation and healthy carbohydrates that help tryptophan get into the brain
Tart cherries – boosts melatonin to help relieve insomnia
Bed Time Snack Ideas
- Open face sandwich with almond or peanut butter and sliced bananas + glass of milk
- Hummus + whole grain crackers + tea
- Oats with almonds and cherries