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For many of us, sleep can be an elusive thing.  Sometimes there’s no reason for it and sometimes it’s hard to shut your mind off and unwind enough to sleep.  If you’re like me, your head hits the pillow and you suddenly remember the ten million other things you need to get done.  But the good news is that certain foods can help you fall asleep faster.  Add some of these foods into your diet and stop tossing and turning!

10 Foods to Help You Sleep Better

1.  Walnuts.  Walnuts are a great source of trytophan, a sleep-inducing agent that produces serotonin and melatonin.  Melatonin can help you fall asleep faster so a handful of nuts in the evening may just help you fall asleep faster.

2.  Cherry juice.  Cherry juice has been shown to boost levels of melatonin and can lessen insomnia.  The antioxidants found in cherry juice can also boost your immune system so there’s extra benefit to drinking it before bed.

3.  Chamomile tea.  Chamomile is another drink that has multiple benefits.  It relaxes nerves and acts as a mild sedative, calming stress and easing you into a more relaxed state, ideal for sleep.

4.  Hummus.  While this might sound like an usual choice to help cure insomnia, chickpeas are another great source of trytophan.  The melatonin produced can help you sleep better.

5.  Almonds.  Notice how often nuts appear on these lists?  Almonds are high in magnesium, which has a calming effect and helps you nod off faster. Just a handful can help you sleep better and give you a dose of heart healthy fats.

6.  Bananas.  Just like almonds, bananas are a good source of magnesium and potassium which help relax muscles.  If you’ve ever experienced muscle pain during the night, you’ll appreciate what potassium and magnesium do for your sleep.

7.  Pumpkin seeds.  Not to be outdone by walnuts, pumpkin seeds also contain tryptophan.  And since they are loaded with heart-healthy fat, you’ll get that added benefit as well.

8.  Honey.  Just a little taste of honey is all that is needed to signal your brain to start shutting down.  Add a tablespoon to your chamomile tea and you’ll be headed to dream land soon!

9.  Dark chocolate.  Dark chocolate is another one that keeps showing up with some amazing benefits.  A small piece of dark chocolate will activate the seratonin in your brain and help you relax.

10.  Whole grains.  Whole grain foods are a good source of magnesium.  Adding magnesium-rich whole grains to your diet could help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

 

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