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Sometimes, easing what ails you is as simple as enjoying a home-cooked meal. We've chosen some of the best ingredients to help you sleep—and created a recipe that shows you just how easy it is to get these foods into your diet.

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Foods for Better Sleep

Eating high glycemic index foods (such as jasmine rice) four hours before bedtime shortened the time it took to fall asleep compared to consuming low GI foods (such as barley or bulgur), says a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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If you're having difficulty falling asleep, mild exercises during the day in addition to eating calcium-rich dairy products may help you snooze faster, according to a 2014 study.

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Tryptophan, the amino acid that is more notoriously associated with turkey, is jam-packed into pumpkin seeds. Your body uses tryptophan to synthesize the hormone melatonin that helps regulate sleep.

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Soothe yourself at the end of the day with a bowl of warm, creamy comfort.

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