The Best And Worst Foods To Eat For Better Sleep

I’m sure that you are aware of the fact that there are plenty of tips and tricks you can follow in order to improve your nightly rest and sleep patterns. You more than likely already know the importance of staying away from electronics and blue light before bed, as well as how crucial it is to sleep in a dark and quiet environment.

However, you may not have realized that your diet can play a big part in the overall quality of your sleep. In fact, I recently came across an article by Care 2 that listed some of the best foods to help you get the rest you need – as well as some of the worst foods that actually end up sabotaging your rest. I am happy to share what I learned here with you so that you can also make adjustments to your diet if necessary.

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself getting hungry at night, even after dinner, about an hour or so before bed. I am a classic midnight snacker, but there are some snacks that are better than others. If you are also someone who needs a little bite to eat before hitting the hay, try snacking on a handful of mixed nuts. In particular, almonds and walnuts offer the most benefits, since they contain plenty of melatonin, tryptophan, and magnesium, which are great for inducing sleep. A natural sleep aid like that certainly works for me! In contrast tothis, be sure to avoid spicy or highly acidic foods right before bed, since this may cause heartburn or even acid reflux that can wake you from your sleep.

Raspberries, cherries, and even bananas are also great sleep-inducing snacks to try out, since they also contain healthy levels of melatonin. Try adding these to a bowl of oatmeal if you’re really craving a hearty snack at night. 

I have to admit that one of the more surprising entries on this list was the mention of celery as being a bad bedtime snack. I always thought that celery was completely good for the body. However, it turns out that this veggie should only be eaten early in the day. This is because it is naturally diuretic, which means that it will increase your urge to go to the bathroom. As you probably know from experience, waking up in the middle of the night to head to the bathroom is one of the worst sleep blockers of all.

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