10 foods that can help you sleep better tonight

11:35 PM, Jan 7, 2011   |    comments
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Almonds: They contain magnesium which promotes both sleep and muscle relaxation. They also supply enough protein to help maintain a stable blood sugar level. Try a just a handful or a tablespoon of almond butter.

Tea: No caffeine but decaf varieties, like chamomile, are helpful and safe sleep aids. Green tea contains theanine which also helps promote sleep. Just make sure the green tea is decaf. Try a 1 cup serving.

Miso Soup: The broth-based soup often served in Japanese restaurants is also available in 8-ounce instant packs. Miso contains amino acids that can help boost the production of melatonin, a natural hormone that helps make you sleepy.

Bananas: An excellent source of magnesium and potassium, which can help relax overstressed muscles. They also contain tryptophan, which convert to serotonin and melatonin.

Dairy: Yogurt, milk and choose also contain tryptophan. But calcium too works as a good stress reliever.

Oatmeal: A warm bowl is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and potassium, all important nutrients that support sleep. But go easy on sweeteners. Too much sugar can have an anti-calming effect.

Hard-boiled egg: High in protein, this satisfying snack can help you stay asleep.

Edamame: Especially helpful for women who are dealing with menopause-related sleep symptoms. The natural estrogen-like compounds found in soy based products like edamame can help control those nighttime hot flashes that can disturb sleep.

Cherries: Whether frozen, dried, fresh or in juice form, researchers found that they naturally boosted the body's supply of melatonin. Tart cherries proved even more effective.

Cereal: A small bowl of whole-grain cereal that's low in sugar may also help you sleep soundly. That's because complex-carbohydrate rich foods boost tryptophan in the bloodstream.


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