Best and Worst Foods for Sleep
What you eat for dinner plays an important role at bedtime. Add these 9 sleep-inducing foods to your evening routine while watching out for these 5 sleep inhibitors to ensure a restful night’s sleep. By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D.
While we know that shutting down electronics an hour before bedtime and hitting the sack at the same time every night can help achieve optimal sleep health, what you eat for dinner can also play a role. Since a good night’s sleep is important for our health and well-being, serve one of these sleep-inducing foods at dinner while keeping the sleep-offending foods to a minimum.
Tart cherries are one of the few foods that naturally contain melatonin, and new research has shown that drinking tart cherry juice before bed may help improve the quality and duration of sleep. Look for fun ways to incorporate tart cherries, such as dried frozen cherries, or cherry juice into your dinner meal or pre bed snack.
Many of us usually think of turkey when we think about foods that make us sleepy, but chicken actually packs more tryptophan than the Thanksgiving superstar. Make sure to get enough protein during the day to help with overall mood and sleep. For dinner, pair chicken with whole grains, like brown rice or quinoa, or potatoes to help provide balance for a better night’s sleep because carbohydrates are also sleep inducers.