Can’t Sleep? These Snacks Will Help You Catch More Zzz’s

Snacks to help you sleepWhat you eat at night can have a huge impact on how well you sleep. A heavy meal can keep you up while your body is digesting while something too spicy can lead to nighttime heartburn. And stimulants like sugar, caffeine and alcohol will cause you to toss and turn long past your bedtime.

But on the flip side, eating a light snack of the right foods before bed can help you snooze better. Carbohydrate-rich snacks are best because they increase the level of tryptophan, which helps develop sleep- and relaxation-hormones melatonin and serotonin. Here are some of the best choices:

Cherries: With 24 grams of carbohydrates per cup, Michigan’s favorite fruit is one of the few natural sources of melatonin, which regulates your internal clock.

Cereal: Go for a whole-grain and low-sugar option and top it with milk, which also contains tryptophan to help the body and mind to relax.

Almonds: Thanks to a high level of magnesium, this nut is great for relaxing muscles, which is key to a good nights sleep.

Whole-grain crackers: High in carbs and vitamin B, this snack prevails in preventing insomnia. Add a piece of tryptophan-filled cheddar cheese on top to help you fall asleep even faster.

Pineapple: A natural melatonin booster, this sweet treat will help you have sweet dreams.

Green Tea: Enjoy your bedtime snack with a warm cup of green tea, which helps the body and mind relax and de-stress. Just be sure to read the label and make sure it’s decaffeinated!



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    1. Fresh cherries are available in the summer when they are ripe but dried cherries are available year round. Check the aisle where the raisins are displayed, usually near the cereal.

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