By Gary, on July 8th, 2013
What foods help you sleep? Is eating certain foods or avoiding certain foods beneficial to your sleep? To play off of the America’s Got Talent Judges: “That’s a definite YES from me.”
You probably know about the foods to avoid: sugar, simple carbs, caffeine, alcohol and stimulants of any kind.
You also probably have your favorite foods you think will help you have a good night sleep. Do you have a reason for them or are they just something that has worked for you? There is probably a valid reason they work.
According to research, foods that are high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, amino acids, and vitamin B-6 will assist your body in the production of natural sleep aids such as melatonin and can aid in producing quality sleep if consumed about an hour before going to bed.
Some commons foods with these ingredients are:
You can go simple: one or two cups of chamomile tea.
Or you can go moderate: a handful of almonds and a hard-boiled egg with a small glass of milk.
Or you can go advanced: 4 oz of grilled halibut topped with a green kale salad with chickpeas, jasmine rice and Edamame.
Or you can go creative: a banana-cherry smoothie with milk and a tablespoon of oatmeal.