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If you struggle falling asleep or staying asleep, it’s always a good idea to take a look at your diet. Eating certain foods a few hours before bed, can help bring sleep better and improve its quality.
Almonds: They contain magnesium which promotes both sleep and muscle relaxation. They also supply enough protein to help maintain a stable blood sugar level. Try just a handful or a tablespoon of almond butter.
Tea: No caffeine but decaf varieties, like chamomile, are helpful and safe sleep aids. Green tea contains theanine which also helps promote sleep. Just make sure its decaf.
Miso Soup: The broth based soup often served in Japanese restaurants is also available in 8-ounce instant packs. Miso contains amino acids that can help boost the production of melatonin, a natural hormone that helpsmake you sleepy.
Bananas: An excellent source of magnesium and potassium, which can help relax overstressed muscles. They also contain tryptophan, which convert to serotonin and melatonin.
Dairy: Yogurt, milk and cheese also contain tryptophan. But calcium too works as a good stress reliever.
Oatmeal: A warm bowl is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, silicon and potassium, all important nutrients that support sleep. But go easy on sweeteners. Too much sugar can have an anti-calming effect.
Hard-boiled egg: High in protein, this satisfying snack can help you stay asleep.
Edamame: Especially helpful for young woman who are dealing with menopause-related sleep symptoms. The natural estrogen-like compounds found in soy based products like edamame can help control those nighttime hot flashes that disturb sleep.
Cherries: Whether frozen, dried, fresh, or in juice form, researchers found that they naturally boosted the body’s supply of melatonin. Tart cherries proved even more effective.
Cereal: A small bowl of whole-grain cereal that’s low in sugar may also help you sleep soundly. That’s because complex-carbohydrate rich foods boost tryptophan in bloodstream.
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