You often wonder whether or not you should eat before going to bed. Some foods may help you not just to fall asleep but have a better night of sleep. That’s good news if you regularly have problems falling asleep and worry about foods and drinks that may keep you awake.
Most reports and studies focus on foods and drinks that may keep you awake instead of promoting sleep and relaxation. A recent post shows the best sleep-better foods and drinks to help you fall asleep.
You may find several lists of “best foods prior bedtime” on the Internet. The foods listed may vary slightly from list to list. However, a few names seem to appear in almost every list such as sesame seeds, non-fat popcorn, oatmeal with banana, pretzels, cherry juice and fresh strawberries.
Sesame seeds are one of the best natural sources of tryptophan, an amino acid known for inducing sleep. Popcorn may induce body production of serotonin, a neurochemical that promotes relaxation. Oatmeal and banana are rich sources of melatonin, a hormone responsible for controlling sleep patterns. Pretzels are a low-calorie, low-fat source of carbohydrates, which will make you feel sleepy, but won’t pack on the pounds or give you belly-aching indigestion.
Cherry juice has serotonin-inducing carbohydrates, which will help relax you. Drink a glass of cherry juice an hour before bedtime, and don’t worry about any boost of energy from the sugar as there’s not enough to keep you up all night or destabilize your blood sugar levels.
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