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5 Foods That Help You Sleep

Should you let yourself have that midnight snack if you’re having trouble  sleeping and you think hunger might be part of the problem? Here are five  foods that can actually help you drift off:

1. Cherries. Fresh and dried cherries are one of the only  natural food sources of melatonin, the chemical that controls the body’s  internal clock to regulate sleep. Researchers who tested tart cherries and found  high levels of melatonin recommend eating them an hour before bedtime or before  a trip when you want to sleep on the plane.

2. Bananas. Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle  relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both. They also contain the amino  acid L-tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-HTP in the brain. The 5-HTP in turn  is converted to serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) and  melatonin.

3. Toast. Carbohydrate-rich foods trigger insulin  production, which induces sleep by speeding up the release of tryptophan and  serotonin, two brain chemicals that relax you and send you to sleep..

4. Oatmeal. Like toast, a bowl of oatmeal triggers a rise in  blood sugar, which in turn triggers insulin production and the release of  sleep-inducing brain chemicals. Oats are also rich in melatonin, which many  people take as a sleep aid.

5. Warm milk. Like bananas, milk contains the amino acid  L-tryptophan, which turns to 5-HTP and releases relaxing serotonin. It’s also  high in calcium, which promotes sleep.

By Melanie Haiken,  senior editor  was created to help you care for your aging parents, grandparents, and other  loved ones. As the leading destination for eldercare resources on the Internet,  our mission is to give you the information and services you need to make better  decisions, save time, and feel more supported. provides the practical  information, personal support, expert advice, and easy-to-use tools you need  during this challenging time.

Comments on: "5 Foods That Help You Sleep" (1)

  1. Teresa Paulman said:

    Astaxhantin is a great source of antioxidants. It has been shown to reduce cancer in some reasearch. “.`”‘

    Warm regards“>

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