The next time you have trouble falling sleep, skip the warm milk and head for the egg carton instead. Eggs contain tryptophan; an amino acid that acts as a natural sedative. They also encourage the production of insulin, which helps neural pathways get tryptophan to the brain.
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The above tip comes from Michele Foley, a nutrition and fitness blogger for POPSUGAR Health & Fitness.
“Eggs are a good source of tryptophan, so have a hard-boiled egg alongside a cup of tea or a poached egg on whole grain bread to combine the power of your favorite sleep-inducing foods,” Foley explains.
Don’t like eggs? You could always try scoffing the bird that laid ’em instead. As Foley explains:
It’s not just [eggs] that contains tryptophan; all poultry does. If I’m hungry before bed, I’ll nibble on a piece of chicken or put sliced turkey onto a piece of whole wheat bread. Both are great foods to help you sleep!