The Best (And Worst) Foods For A Good Night’s Sleep

The Best (And Worst) Foods For A Good Night’s Sleep

Sometimes, getting better sleep is just a matter of eating the right foods and avoiding others. US News has rounded up foods that are naturally sleep-inducing and perfect for a late-night snack.

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Two fruits in particular may be worth stocking up on if you often have poor sleep: cherries and bananas. Cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin, which has been shown to improve sleep quality and duration. US News recommends a handful of cherries, juice or dried cherries an hour before bedtime.

If you don’t like the tart fruit, eat bananas a little earlier in the evening:

Bananas. Make them a daily staple. They’re packed with potassium and magnesium, nutrients that double as natural muscle relaxants. Plus, they contain the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan, which ultimately turns into serotonin and melatonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation; melatonin is a chemical that promotes sleepiness. It takes about an hour for tryptophan to reach the brain, so plan your snack accordingly.

The foods to avoid on the list are fairly obvious: caffeine, high-fat meals and alcohol.

Hit up the link below for even more foods to help you catch more Zzzz’s.

Sleep-Promoting (and Sleep-Stealing) Foods [US News]


  • No wonder why I’m always sleepy in the mornings, I have a banana with my Weet-Bix each day!

  • It’s one thing for something to “contain” a chemical, but the dose is another. I think you’ll find to get a biologically relevant dose of tryptophan from bananas.. well, you wouldn’t be able to.

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