I’ve never been the type of person who can fall asleep the minute my head hits the pillow. Most nights find me staring at the clock thinking, “It’s okay, I can still get five hours of sleep.” Hours later, it’s “Ok, if I fall asleep now, I can get three hours of sleep.”
If this also sounds like your nighttime routine, the answer may just lie in small bedtime snacks. Science shows that these foods can help lull you to sleep and provide you with a more peaceful night of rest. Better sleep and a tasty late night treat? Sign me up!
Go Nuts With Your Snacks
Peanut butter is a great food for sleep aid. It contains tryptophan, the amino acid that’s found in turkey—many people claim that it’s why they feel so sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner.
Peanut butter is also a good source of protein and unsaturated fat, which can help you feel full enough to lull you to sleep. Almonds and other nuts like walnuts, cashews, and pistachios can increase the levels of serotonin in your body, helping you to relax and drift off. Have a slice of toast with peanut butter or a handful of nuts before you brush your teeth and tuck in!
Have a slice of toast with peanut butter or a handful of nuts before you brush your teeth and tuck in!
Have A Banana
Bananas make excellent bedtime snacks thanks to all of their potassium and magnesium content. These two minerals help foster sleep by relaxing your muscles. Bananas also contain tryptophan, which will help calm you down and relax you for sleep.
Add a little peanut butter to your banana slices for a double sleep boost.
Munch On Some Popcorn
Popcorn is actually more of a “helper” snack. The carbohydrates in the popcorn help your body by providing tryptophan, which helps your brain do its job and release chemicals that make you sleepy.