What to Eat and Drink for a Better Night’s Sleep by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, June 1, 2012
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Craving more zzzz’s? Some of the things you eat and drink can help you get more rest, others can work against you.
What You Eat
- Going to bed hungry is a big no-no for relaxation; have a light snack to help you unwind.
- Both calcium and carbohydrate-rich foods promote the effects of tryptophan, a sleep-promoting amino acid. Top picks for sleep are apples with peanut butter, cheese and crackers or cereal and milk.
- Magnesium is another mineral that aids with sleep – get some from nuts, seeds, bananas, beans, whole grains and avocado.
- Anything overly spicy, heavy or greasy wreaks havoc on your digestive system. Unless you’re comfy sleeping while sitting up, pass on these before bedtime.
- Sorry choco-holics, the caffeine in chocolate may stand in the way of you and a good night’s sleep.
What You Drink
- Mom was right – the calcium in milk is good for your bones and for sleep. Hot chocolate, cow’s milk or calcium fortified soy or almond milk are good options.
- The stimulating effects of caffeinated beverages can linger for hours. Moderate your consumption of black, white and green teas and coffee (even decaf). Cut yourself off 6 hours before bed.
- Too much of any liquid disrupts sleep with trips to the bathroom.
- Alcohol may help you doze off but leads to a less restful sleep – go light on the booze for a better night’s rest.
Tell Us: What foods and drinks disrupt your sleep?