3 foods that will help you sleep better – and a few to avoid!

The Ultimate Sleep Better DietEveryone says the kitchen is the heartbeat of a happy home but if that’s true, the bedroom is a home’s soul. It’s the place where we greet our days and where we bid them goodnight. It’s where we curl up to canoodle and cuddle with our children and our pets.

And the first step to all that peaceful, soothing sleep-happy goodness will always be a full belly. But do some foods help you sleep better than others? You bet your pillow-top mattress!

If you’ve been dreaming of a good night’s sleep, prepare yourself for a diet-sleep-fitness epiphany with these bedtime snacks.

bananas and milk to sleep betterBananas & milk

Grandma knew what she was doing when she fed you warm milk before bed – calcium helps your brain produce sleep-enhancing melatonin. Slice some bananas (they contain the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan, which encourages relaxation) and add a handful of magnesium-rich almonds and you’ve got a winning a sleep combo.

Cherries & dark chocolate to sleep betterCherries & dark chocolate

Cherries boost melatonin naturally. Sip a glass of cherry juice or scoop some into a bowl to munch on before bed. Throw in some dark chocolate, which help you produce serotonin, making it an over-achieving sleep superstar. Stick to chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao and you’ll reap the rewards without the extra calories.

Chamomile tea for better sleepChamomile tea

A warm drink before bed is comforting and soothing but coffee, most tea and hot chocolate all contain sleep-stealing caffeine. Chamomile lacks the caffeine and studies show it increases glycine, a chemical that relaxes nerves and muscles. Now all you need is your favorite book and you’ll be ready for sleep in no time.

The ultimate “Sleep Horrible Diet”

If sleep isn’t important to you, belly up to the bar and these foods to your bedtime snack list.

  • Coffee – This shouldn’t come as a surprise. We crave it. We guzzle it. Drinking coffee makes us feel good. If tripping the lights fantastic while your family sleeps is on your agenda, consider making coffee your main source of hydration.
  • Bacon – If you love bacon, break out the fry pans and fire up the stove. Foods containing tyramine (bacon, cheese, ham, pepperoni, raspberries avocado, nuts, soy sauce, red wine) cause the release of norepinephrine, a brain stimulant.
  • Wine, beer and all adult beverages – While alcohol is a sedative, your body metabolizes it at lightning speed, which can leave you dehydrated and tossing and turning throughout the night.
  • Nicotine – Nicotine is a stimulant, which means it’s engineered to keep you wired and on the edge of your seat. Don’t trouble yourself about heart disease or the other health concerns associated with smoking – they won’t interfere with your not-gonna-sleep-anymore goals.
  • Spicy anything – If your taste buds live on the wild side, get ready to get happy. Spicy food can cause heartburn, a backflow of food particles and acid from the stomach into the esophagus. Load up on the nachos and wings and don’t skimp on the hot sauce. Feel the burn, baby.
  • Steak – Fatty foods might raise your cholesterol and increase your risk for obesity but fatty foods high in protein, like steak, are delish sleep stealers too. They take a long time (and a lot of effort to digest), which keeps your body working hard long after you’ve enjoyed them.

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