5 Surprising Foods That Will Help You Sleep All Night Long
Can't sleep? The solution may be in your kitchen. Check out these 5 clean picks that promote sounder, more satisfying sleep:
1. Mozzarella Cheese
You know that turkey is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that prompts your body to produce more of the feel-good chemical serotonin, which ultimately helps you chill out and doze off. But ounce for ounce, mozzarella cheese packs nearly twice as much tryptophan as the lean protein. Who knew, right?
Are you even surprised? One recent study found that getting 600 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per day helped people sleep nearly an hour longer and wake up 7 fewer times throughout the night. Have some wild salmon for dinner, or if you don't do fish, pop an omega-3 supplement.
A handful delivers almost 20% of your daily magnesium, which can relax your muscles and help you feel calmer, so your mind isn't racing when your head hits the pillow. They're a decent source of tryptophan, too. So you know, double whammy!
Have you heard that cherries are a good source of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin? Well, oatmeal's got the stuff, too. And since it's loaded with carbs that'll make you feel sleepy anyway, you might be conked out before you even finish eating a bowlful.
These starchy fruits are rich in magnesium as well as potassium, another potent muscle relaxer. Plus, like mozzarella and almonds, they deliver plenty of grog-promoting tryptophan. Best of all, they satisfy that near-universal urge to eat something sweet before bed.
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