Foods that Help You Sleep Better

If you’re having trouble getting some sleep at night, let your mouth spring into action. Experts say that eating about a couple of hours before you hit the sack can actually make you get to Dreamland quickly — and stay there for a long time. Want to know the best foods that can help keep sleeplessness at bay? Read on to learn some of them.

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No matter if fresh, frozen or in juice form, cherries can take you to Dreamland in no time. Experts recommend tart cherries because they naturally boost the body’s melanin production, kicking sleeplessness away.


Magnesium and potassium are minerals that aid in muscle relaxation, making it easier for you to get some shut-eye. Bananas also supply you with tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes calmness and that much-welcome sleepy feeling.


There are two things in almonds that help promote sleep at night. First, the mineral magnesium relaxes the muscles. Second, almonds contain tryptophan, an amino acid that can make you feel sleepy.

Dairy Products

Milk, cheese, yogurt and the rest of the gang all contain tryptophan. They are also packed with calcium. Other than making bones and teeth strong, calcium is also capable of reducing stress and stabilizing your nerves, thus making you feel calm.

Decaffeinated Tea

Tea without the stimulating caffeine helps soothe tired mind and body, making it easier for you to catch some Z’s. People deprived of sleep can benefit from drinking jasmine or chamomile tea. Decaffeinated green tea will also do the trick.

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A bowl of warm oatmeal a couple of hours before bedtime can be very beneficial for insomnia sufferers. Magnesium, calcium, phosphorous and potassium in oatmeal are known to promote good night’s sleep. Plus the fact that oatmeal is very filling can make you feel sleepy at night in no time.


A great way to start the day is by having a bowl of cereal. But did you know that having it is also an excellent way to end your day? Especially if sleep is elusive, complex carbohydrates in cereals can promote sleep by stabilizing blood sugar level.

Hard-Boiled Egg

Protein is not just for building and repairing muscles, but also for sleep promotion at night. Hard-boiled egg is packed with high quality protein and contains practically no sugar, helping you fall asleep and, more importantly, stay asleep.

Miso Soup

A bowl of the popular Japanese soup can keep insomnia out of the picture. That’s because it contains amino acids that help in the production of ample melanin, a hormone responsible for controlling your sleep and wake cycle.


Because edamame is soy-based, it contains protein that helps you get a good night’s sleep. Compounds in soy that mimic the action of estrogen make the consumption of edamame especially beneficial for women dealing with menopause.

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